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Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture
Nigerians should resist the urge to attack the South African businesses operating in Nigeria in retaliation for the ongoing xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South-Africa, the Federal Government appealed on Tuesday.
The appeal is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja, in which 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.
He said attacking South-African companies in Nigeria was, for Nigerians, ‘a classic case of cutting off your nose to spite your face”.
According to the minister, the investors in such South-African companies in Nigeria, especially MTN and Shoprite, are Nigerians.
He said the majority of the workers in the South-African companies operating in Nigeria are also Nigerians.
Said he: “This means that, Nigerian workers will be hardest hit if such companies are forced to shut down for fear of attacks”.
The Minister 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, assuring Nigerians that the Federal Government was already taking decisive measures to put an end to the persistent xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South-Africa.
Assured he: ”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.
Said Mohammed: ”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”.
The Federal Government was on Tuesday called upon to immediately direct all Nigerians living in South-Africa to return home. The is contained in a statement issued by Citizens