The Fed Govt of Nigeria yesterday demanded compensation and responsibility from South Africa over attacks on Nigerians. However it appealed to Nigerians to not retaliate by assaultive South African corporations operative in Nigeria. It delineated the attacks on Nigerians and other Foreigners in South Africa as deplorable.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said: “It is extremely sad and extremely unfortunate that the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians living in South Africa are being destroyed with such wantonness and with such carelessness and rashness.”
Osinbajo, who was in Kano State for the empowerment of a star hybrid powerhouse at Bayero University, noted: “It is unfortunate that Nigeria and Nigerians invested with an excellent deal within the destruction and also the flattening of social policy. Besides, these acts of dogmatism are entirely contrary to the terribly ideals that every one the good South African leaders as well as the current president fought for, and that several gave their lives.”
He said President Muhammadu Buhari has “already spoken about” the event, adding: “We are terribly involved and definitely shall take this up with the authorities in South Africa, to confirm that this type of factor doesn’t repeat itself. This can be completely unacceptable and unconscionable.”
But Minister of data and Culture Lai Mahound warned that targeting South African corporations in Nigeria, for Nigerians, a classic case of keeping apart your nose to spite your face, as a result of the investors in such corporations, particularly MTN and Shoprite, are Nigerians. He noted conjointly that the bulk of employees in South African corporations operative in Nigeria are Nigerians, which means Nigerian employees are going to be hit the toughest if such corporations are forced to clean up for worry of reprisals.
Heavily armed policemen took positions round the Shoprite mall in Lagos to stop a complete breakdown of order. In a very confrontation but, a police wagon was burnt whereas a protester was shot dead. Shoprite shops in Ikeja and Surulere were in haste clean up after some protesters were seen gathering round the malls. As at the time of filing this story, security operatives were keeping watch at the department stores, many MTN shops, and at Stanbic IBTC banks within the Lagos metropolis.
MTN’s offices in Apapa and in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State were reportedly attacked. A businessperson and MTN subscriber, Kehinde Omololu, said he would port to a different network provider tomorrow. He said: “If not that I finished late today, I would have ported. The South African individuals are simply insensitive to Nigerians over there.