Despite the Federal Government’s call on its citizens not to attack South African companies operating in Nigeria, in retaliation for the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, some angry Nigerians disregarded the call.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, made this call in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
He described as deeply disturbing the reports that some Nigerians, angered by the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, have started attacking South African companies in the country.
Mr Mohammed said targeting South African companies in Nigeria for attack was, for Nigerians, a classic case of “cutting off your nose to spite your face”.
He explained that this was because the investors in such companies, especially MTN and Shoprite, were Nigerians.
The minister noted that the majority of the workers in the South African companies operating in Nigeria were also Nigerians.
According to him, this means that it is Nigerian workers who will be hardest hit if such companies are forced to shut down for fear of attacks.
Watch video below:
– Massive looting currently going on in Shoprite, Sangotedo branch. pic.twitter.com/4ro23s4oiF
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Mr Mohammed, however, gave assurance that the Federal Government was already taking decisive measures to put an end to the persistent xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has dispatched a Special Envoy to convey to his South African counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa, his concerns and also interact with his South African counterpart on the situation,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi.
Watch video attack at Shoprite, Jakande, Lagos;
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This was yesterday, see the way these white people were attacked. For what? Hmmmmmn! This uneducated touts should better calm down. All white people are not just white Ooo! If these uneducated fools mistakenly kill an American, e go be for Nigeria Ooo! America does not play with any of their citizens. It will definitely affect the whole Nigeria. I mean if JUST ONE OF THEM IS KILLED. Lol Just saying. Everybody needs to calm down, these Agberos are using this situation to show themselves by robbing and looting. That yesterday’s protest wasn’t a successful one at all. This must stop now. You can’t pay evil back for evil.
He added, “Also, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, acting on the instruction of Mr President, has summoned the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria to get a brief on the situation; express Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of her citizens; and secure assurance of the safety of their lives and property.”
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