Nigerians in S/Africa condemn calls for protest against them by group via twitter

Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa (NICASA), on Wednesday condemned tweets by a group of South Africans calling for the staging of protest against its members.

The President of NICASA, Mr Ben Okoli, condemned the calls in a telephone interview with the Newsmen.

Okoli said that the calls for the protests to hold at the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria and the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg on Sept. 23 were incitements

Okoli said the University of Cape Town had carried out an investigation and found out that the group was out to incite foreign nationals living in the country, including Nigerians, via hate speeches.

“The published research put the South African government on notice over the  actions of this group known as, ‘Action For Change’.

“The group released the video of what appeared to be an attempted kidnap  alleged to have been perpetrated by a Nigerian.

“Analysis of the video showed that nothing in it indicated the involvement of a Nigerian.

“The group went further to promote a call for protest against Nigerians and demanded that Nigerians should leave their country.

“They set Sept. 23 as the date for the protest at the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria and the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg,” he said.

He explained that the group had identified West Street in Kempton Park and Sunnyside Pretoria as areas with businesses and property predominantly owned by Nigerians.

He said that allegations of  drug dealings, kidnapping,  prostitution, and human trafficking leveled against Nigerians were false.

“These allegations are unsubstantiated, therefore, cannot be true.

“It seemed to be an orchestrated plan by some mischief makers to cause xenophobic attacks against Nigerians so that there will be looting – in order to  dispossess Nigerians of their property and destroy their means of livelihood with possible death.

“We have written to every relevant authority and put them on notice to de-escalate the tension and possibly arrest the purveyors of this dangerous narrative.

“The Nigerian Consul General and High Commissioner have been notified of the imminent threat to lives and property, and they are aware of the situation and working to tackle it,” he added. 

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