Xenophobic attacks against Nigerians have commenced again as videos of South Africans molesting and injuring Nigerians have surfaced on the internet. The continuous attacks on Nigerians and other African nationals by South Africans have given rise to intense tension between Nigeria and South Africa.

About a month ago, efforts were made by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa to address issues bothering on reprisal attacks.

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Also, in order to find a lasting solution to the issue, President Muhammadu Buhari has scheduled a meeting with South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa in October.

Reactions: Following the recent videos of human brutality, Nigerians have taken to the social media platform, Twitter, to call out South African companies to vacate the country.

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However, some people have argued that these South African companies provide jobs for Nigerians and as such should not be boycotted.

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Meanwhile, many people think that Multichoice, Shoprite among other South African companies garner a large percentage of their revenue from the Nigerian market. Many have even expressed that these South African companies will experience a huge decline in revenue should they be forced to leave Nigeria.

Nairametrics fact-checked these claims and discovered that the bulk of the revenue of these South African businesses isn’t from Nigeria. It is pertinent to understand that none of these South African companies – MTN, Stanbic IBTC, Shoprite and Multichoice has the biggest cut of its market share in Nigeria. Therefore, if you take Nigeria out of their operations, it will be felt but it would not be fatal.


  1. who benefits more, SA or NG. I think closing all south african businesses in Nigeria by FG will send a strong message to them. close diplomatic tiles with them. this silence must stop. FG should start taking action now


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