Emerging report indicates that MTN Nigeria may reopen its offices for business nationwide today after a five days closure occasioned by the reprisal attacks it suffered from protesting Nigerians following renewed Xenophobia in South Africa.
Other South African companies in Nigeria like Shoprite and PEP were also attacked and looted prompting security agents to intervene.
The management of MTN had strongly opposed violence and xenophobia against foreigners living in South Africa.
The CEO, MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman, had said the company sought to connect people together without discrimination.
“MTN Nigeria strongly condemns hate, prejudice, and xenophobia and reiterates our unequivocal condemnation of all violence. We seek to connect people, bring people together and provide a platform for everyone’s voice to be heard. We are against all forms of bigotry and discrimination; they should have no place in society,” he added.
Recent Xenophobic attacks in South Africa prompted President Muhammadu Buhari to recall Kabiru Bala, the Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa.
The nation also pulled out of the World Economic Forum on Africa, which held in Cape Town, South Africa, from September 4 to 6.
Angry protesters also took to the street demanding the shut down of South African businesses in Nigeria.
The death toll of Nigerians killed in South Africa has continued to rise with the frequent xenophobic attacks between 2016 and 2019. Available estimates from Statistics South Africa and the United Nations show that over 30,000 Nigerians live in South Africa.
Data reveal that 127 Nigerians have been killed in three years, while 13 out of these were reportedly killed by South African police. The most disturbing of these killings are extrajudicial killings by the operatives of South African Police Service. From January to June 2019, 10 Nigerians have been killed, either by citizens of South Africans or South African Police Service.