The Federal Government of Nigeria, has appealed to Nigerians not to retaliate on the ongoing xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa, by attacking their businesses in Nigeria.
This was made known in a statement released on Tuesday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that targeting South African businesses in Nigeria, like Shoprite and MTN, for attack over Xenophobia would hurt Nigerians more.
The Minister, also said that attacking South African companies in Nigeria was, for Nigerians, ‘a classic case of cutting off your nose to spite your face”.
He stated, “The investors in such South African companies in Nigeria, especially MTN and Shoprite, are Nigerians.
Mohammed noted that majority of the workers in the South African companies operating in Nigeria are also Nigerians.
“This means that, Nigerian workers will be hardest hit if such companies are forced to shut down for fear of attacks,” he also noted.
He, described as “deeply disturbing” the reports that some Nigerians, angered by the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, had started attacking South African companies in Nigeria.
However, the Minister assured Nigerians 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.
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 secure assurance of the safety of their lives and property,” he added.