MTN has Announced That it is Shutting Down its Nigeria Operations Until Further Notice.
- Over the last day, our facilities, customers and some of our stakeholders have been the subject of attacks in retaliation for the ongoing xenophobia situation in South Africa. We have confirmed reports of attacks in Lagos, Ibadan and Uyo – MTN NIGERIA
The South African telecoms company, MTN, has announced itS closure of shops and services until further notice, following reprisal attacks targeting its offices and facilities in Nigeria by irate and opportunistic locals.
Shops belonging to the South Africans, Shoprite and MTN outlets have been looted in the past 48hours by Nigerians in retaliation to the killings of its citizens in South Africa.
There are about 120 South African businesses in Nigeria, with a market worth of about N6trillion.
Nigeria is MTN’s biggest market, with 58 million users in 2018.
The reprisal attacks on South African businesses in Nigeria arrive on the heels of persistent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa.
The latest attacks in South Africa led to the killings and looting of over 50 shops, most of whom belonged to Nigerians.
The statements published by MTN reads as follows, “Over the last day, our facilities, customers and some of our stakeholders have been the subject of attacks in retaliation for the ongoing xenophobia situation in South Africa. We have confirmed reports of attacks in Lagos, Ibadan and Uyo.
“While we remain committed to providing uninterrupted services, the safety and security of our customers, staff and partners is our primary concern. All MTN stores and service centres will therefore be closed as a precaution until further notice.
“MTN condemns any acts of violence, prejudice and xenophobia and remains absolutely committed to ensuring a peaceful, harmonious and respectful relationship with all communities in Nigeria and across Africa.
“We are engaging all relevant authorities in this regard and urge them to act swiftly to reduce tensions both in South Africa and Nigeria. We will provide further updates as and when possible”.
Despite warnings from Nigerian authorities asking its citizens to stay calm, pointing out the implications of taking laws into their hand, some angry citizens has refused to abide to the advise.
You can recall just yesterday, the Presidency had sent special envoy to South Africa to negotiate the way forward to restore peace to between Nigerians and South Africans.