The Federal Government has urged Nigerians not restrain from attacking the South African businesses operating in Nigeria in revenge for the ongoing xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.
Concise News understands that FG, in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja, through the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed that reprisals on South African businesses in Nigeria, like Shoprite and MTN, for over Xenophobic would affect Nigerians more.
Mohammed said attacking South African companies in Nigeria was, for Nigerians, ‘a classic case of cutting off your nose to spite your face.”
According to him, the investors in such South African companies in Nigeria, especially MTN and Shoprite, are already Nigerians.
The Information Minister further said the majority of the workers in the South African companies operating in Nigeria are most Nigerians.
“This means that Nigerian workers will be hardest hit if such companies are forced to shut down for fear of attacks,” he said.
He described it as “deeply disturbing” the reports that some Nigerians, provoked by the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, had already started attacking South African companies in Nigeria.
Muhammed reiterated that the Federal Government has already taken decisive measures to put an end to the repeated xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.
The minister said: ”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.
”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.
“Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of her citizens; and security assurance of the safety of their lives and property,” he said.
Recall that the president has condemned the attack on Nigerians and their businesses in South Africa, calling for the intervention of the African Union (AU).
Concise News understands that the Presidential Aide on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Abike Dabiri-Erewa said this on Monday.
There were viral videos on Monday which showed widespread attacks on Nigerians and their businesses in South Africa.
According to the President of the Nigeria Union South Africa (NUSA) Adetola Olubajo, the attacks began on Sunday morning in Jeppestown area of Johannesburg when a building was set ablaze by an angry mob.
“The mob also looted several shops that were around the vicinity suspected to be owned by foreign nationals,” he told NAN. “But the Police later dispersed the mob and made some arrest,
“Late in the evening of Sunday, Sept. 1, a group of violent locals suspected to be Zulu hostel dwellers besieged Jules Street in Malvern, Johannesburg looted and burned shops/businesses.”
He added that “some businesses owned by foreign nationals were looted in Germiston on Sunday evening. A Nigerian-owned Internet Café and computer accessories business were among the looted shops in Germiston.
“When I got the sad news late yesterday (Sunday) evening, I immediately informed the Police in Jeppestown but lots of damage had been done already.
“The means of livelihood of people were looted and destroyed by fire overnight which has left many Nigerians traumatised.
“Nigerian-owned businesses were seriously affected. A car sales business owned by a Nigerian were among the several businesses set ablaze over the night.”
Reacting to the incident, Dabiri described it as said, adding that, she, however, cannot verify some of the videos.
”Sad, reports from South Africa attacking foreigners. I can’t verify most of the videos. However, whatever decisions to be taken now can only be at the Ministerial level,” she tweeted.
”AU intervention may be crucial. This is not what we should be doing to ourselves as Africans.”