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Xenophobia: Double Tragedies For Nigerians

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ElevateNews takes a look at the reprisal attacks of Nigerians on the South Africa businesses in Nigeria.

Nigerians storm the streets on Tuesday for a reprisal attack on South African businesses in Lagos and some parts of the country.

The protesters visited the popular Lekki Shopping mall, ShopRite owned by South Africa. They destroyed parts of the facilities. In Ibadan, Oyo State, Shoprite was also attacked.

As at this morning, some of the offices of the telecommunication giant, MTN are under lock and keys while the Multichoice outlets, operator of DSTV have also closed shops, pending the peace accord between the two countries.

In all these outlets, over 90 per cent of the workers are Nigerians and if this protest continues, some of them may lose their jobs.

In Lekki on Tuesday, one of the protesters was shot dead by the men of Nigeria Police. Nowhere is safe for Nigerians. Banditry and kidnaping at home, xenophobic attack in South Africa.

To make matters worse, Nigeria police killed a Nigerian because he had protested against the killing of Nigerians in South Africa.

Many Nigerians who do legitimate businesses in South Africa have been lamenting how their shops had been looted by the hoodlums as they also bemoaned the insensitivity of both the Nigerian and South African governments to their plights.

Earlier on Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari said via his twitter handle that his government would dispatch a special envoy to meet with the government of South Africa over these attacks.

According to another statement signed by the Special Adviser to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, among other things, the envoy will request collaboration between Nigeria Police and South Africa police; it will seek compensation for Nigerians whose businesses had been destroyed by the hoodlums in South Africa.

Over 300 Nigerians had been attacked and killed in the last two years by the angry South Africans over xenophobic attacks. Their problem is that Nigerians are steadily dominating their social and economic lives and that they could not allow this to continue.

The Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila had to reconvene the house on Tuesday to discuss the xenophobia, which has since become an issue of urgent importance.

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu also condemned the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians but cautioned Lagos residents from retaliating.

He kicked against the attack on Lekki Shoprite, saying that Nigerians will suffer the pain more than the business owners.

Speaking on this, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi says that South Africa would pay big for what its people are doing to Nigerians.

He advised the Nigerian government to be decisive by coming up with a policy that would stop the South African companies from bringing products from their country to Nigeria.

To him, this will affect their businesses and force their government to stop the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians. He explained the role of Nigeria to assist South Africa to fight apartheid and that it is unfortunate that the country could not stop the xenophobic attack on Nigerians.

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