Xenophobia: Destroy Your Mtn Sims, Dstv Decoders And Collect Nigerian Substitutes – Caser Spurs Nigerians
BEVERLY HILLS, February 26, (THEWILL) – In what it termed a civilised response to the xenophobic killings of Nigerian immigrants in South Africa, the Citizens Advocacy for Social & Economic Rights, CASER, has called on Nigerians to destroy their MTN SIM cards, break their DSTV and GOTV decoders to pieces and burn stuffed Shoprite yellow bags.
MTN, Shoprite and MultiChoice that operates DSTV and GOTV, are among South African businesses in Nigeria, which CASER claims, have been most ungrateful for the exceptional hospitality and acceptance that they have enjoyed in Nigeria.
Worried over the brutal and inhumane treatments that have been meted out on African and Nigerian immigrants living in South Africa, CASER resolved to carry out a series of coordinated civil actions that would send a strong message to the authorities of South Africa and Nigeria that they are not doing enough.
It enjoined Nigerians to bring their MTN SIM cards, DSTV, GOTV decoders for destruction and be given free replacements with substitutes produced by Nigerian-owned companies, urging them to also burn the nylon bag in which items they bought at Shoprite were packed.
The rights group recalled that it had requested some South African businesses specifically MTN, Shoprite, Standard Chartered Bank, Stanbic and DSTV/Multichoice after the 2015 xenophobic attacks in South Africa to lead a positive campaign against xenophobia back in their country.
Handing this demand while protesting at the South African High Commission in April 2015, CASER had threatened that the companies would face consequences from Nigerian citizens should they fail to carry out the anti-xenophobia campaign. It also urged Nigerian authorities to take a tough stance on the attacks by compelling the payment of compensation to the Nigerian victims, but regretted that they have failed to do this.
But in a statement issued in Abuja at the weekend, CASER's Executive Director, Frank Tietie said, “The recent xenophobic attacks of this year show a clear irresponsibility on the part of the two governments and the South African businesses. That is the reason why there were no restraints on the South Africans in unleashing one of the cruelest and most devilish assaults on human beings with some cases in the form of slow and painful infliction of deadly blocks dropped on the victim's skulls with machete cuts until they finally die.
“Now CASER shall begin a number of legal actions against the government of Nigeria for failing to do much in the wake of the 2015 xenophobic killings in South Africa. There would also be appropriate actions against the South African government but it shall begin with South African business interests in Nigeria.
“Firstly, CASER warns every Nigerian to be law abiding and must never deign or come down to the level of those brutish and uncivilised South Africans. No Nigerian citizen should engage in any violent reprisals against any South African or his or her business interest.
“But CASER shall immediately take immediate actions against those South African businesses that have been irresponsible.
“Therefore, CASER calls on every Nigerian who is sufficiently saddened and pained by the xenophobic killings to do the following:
1. Port your MTN number to a Nigerian owned telecom company and send the MTN sim card to CASER for it to be publicly destroyed in a press conference. CASER has made arrangements to ensure that for every MTN sim card that is given up, it shall be replaced by a GLO sim card because it is a Nigerian owned company.
2. Send your DSTV or GOTV decoders to CASER for it to be publicly broken to pieces as a mark of protest against the wicked and evil manner South Africans killed other nationals during the last xenophobic attacks. CASER has made arrangements to replace every DSTV or GOTV decoder with a Nigerian owned decoder, specifically, STARTIMES decoders.
3. All those with used Shoprite yellow bags should stuff them with paper and publicly burn them, record the burning on video and share on the social media.
“These are psychological attacks on the South Africans and such actions should only be carried out by persons who have been sufficiently enraged by the actions of the wicked and evil South Africans who killed other Africans without mercy.
“These recommended actions by CASER are meant to be alternatives to taking laws into one’s hands and wreaking physical havoc on South African interests.
“CASER shall in addition to its planned legal actions, carry out a campaign against the monopoly of certain South African businesses, especially in the area of digital broadcasting.
“CASER shall only desist from these planned actions if these businesses show some forms of responsibility in campaigning for tolerance among South Africans.”