Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa

More notable Nigerians have continued to react strongly against the xenophobia in South Africa, as well as the reprisal attacks against MTN and Shoprite in Nigeria. Tweeting earlier this morning, the former Chairman of Forte Oil Plc, Femi Otedola, said he was upset after watching innocent lives senselessly murdered in South Africa. Apart from condemning the “hateful discrimination and xenophobia”, the businessman also prayed for those who have lost loved ones in the attacks. 

Also reacting to the development is the Co-founder of Flutterwave, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji. According to him, the xenophobic attacks in South Africa justifies his earlier opinion that “there is literally no upside to doing business in Africa as an African.” He further argued that until Africans stop hating each other, progress on the continent would be impossible. 

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The Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe, was brief yet succinct in his reaction. According to him, Africans should learn to love, tolerate, and co-habit peaceably with one another. That’s the only way Africa’s developmental goals can be actualised, he said. 

Meanwhile, following reports that Nigerians have begun to retaliate by attacking South-African owned businesses in Nigeria, some notable personalities also spoke out in condemnation. Tayo Oviosu, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Paga, retweeted a video of a lady recounting her scary experience after she was caught up in the middle of one of the attacks at Shoprite, Sangotedo in Lagos.  

Also, the Founder of Beni American University, Gossy Ukanwoke, retweeted a series of tweets about people either condemning the reprisal attacks in Lagos, or those counting their losses following the looting at Shoprite. One of the retweeted posts was made by a lady identified as Lily Loveth. She complained about how her shop in Shoprite Sangotedo was looted with goods valued at millions of naira carted away by hoodlums. 

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In the meantime, the political and economic relationship between Nigeria and South Africa remains tense. This is despite the fact that both presidents of the two countries have condemned the attacks. Earlier today, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, addressed a press conference during which he said that Nigeria would be seeking compensation from South Africa over the Nigerian businesses in South Africa that were affected during the upheaval.  

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