Press Release (Nigerian Lives Matter): Attacks on South African Business in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria

It's with a grave sense of dismay that we speak against these horrible responses to xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Nigerian Lives Matter (NLM) condemns the acts of protesters who have been involved in the looting of South African owned businesses in Lagos Nigeria.

Some angry Nigerians in response to the attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, on Tuesday, allegedly burnt down an MTN office located at Bodija Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

DAILY POST gathered that the office located along the Bodija- Secretariat Road was burnt by the angry Nigerians who stormed the office some minutes before 9 pm.

PREMIUM TIMES also reported how some Nigerians attacked retail stores, Shoprite and PEP, as well as a telecoms firm, MTN, in Lagos and other states.

This news all comes at a time when Nigeria and South Africa sorely need to mend fences and build better relations.

Prince Debo Adesina spoke on live TV with SABC correspondents assuring them of the firm resolve of Nigerians and the Nigerian government to keep the peace and protect the interest of South African owned businesses in Nigeria.

Currently, the Nigerian government has pulled out of the ongoing World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, over the fresh xenophobic attacks. According to the Cable NG, the country is also making plans to recall Kabiru Bala, its high commissioner to South Africa.

These are developments which we hope will not fuel the continued strain in relationships between the two countries.

We use this opportunity to call for peace and dialogue between Nigerians and South African citizens. We appeal to government agencies to sit up in their roles as representatives and bridge these gaps that widen by the day.

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