#Xenophobia: NANS in Nigeria opposes cultural exchange programme with South Africa

The National Association of Nigeria Students has opposed the proposed cultural exchange programme between Nigerian and South African youths to address xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and promote unity between the two countries.

The President of NANS, Danielson Akpan, said this shortly after a closed-door meeting and a news briefing by Mr Bobby Moroe, Acting High Commissioner of South Africa to Nigeria, on Wednesday in Abuja.

The briefing was on cultural exchange programme between Nigeria and South Africa to foster unity between the two countries.

Akpan said that the proposed exchange programme by the South African High Commission and the Federal Government for youths and students’ body would not work in view of the prevailing situation in South Africa.

He said attacks by South Africans on Nigerians and other nationals were unjustifiable and condemnable.

He called for concerted efforts by both governments to tackle the situation.

According to him, molestation of Nigerians by South Africans is not justifiable, if they can burn Nigerians’ owned shops and businesses, while South African businesses thrive in Nigeria.

The meeting was organised by the high commission in collaboration with the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Global Peace Initiative (GPI) and Committee of Youth on Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS) and National Association of Nigeria Students. (Punch)

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