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Xenophobia: Don’t Attack South African Businesses, FG Begs Citizens

Valentine Chinyem

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The Federal Government has begged Nigerians not to retaliate or take laws into their hands by attacking South African companies operating in the country.

This is in the wake of the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday in Abuja.

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.

According to the Minister, targeting South African companies in Nigeria in retaliation, 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.

While noting that the majority of the staff in South African owned companies operating in Nigeria were also Nigerians.

Meaning that, should such companies shut down, Nigerian workers would be affected the most.

He however, gave the 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.

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.”