Xenophobia: Nigerians protest in front of MTN office in Abuja
Office of South African telecommunication giants, MTN Nigeria, located in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, was invaded on Thursday afternoon by a group of angry Nigerians protesting the continued Xenophobic attacks on their fellow countrymen and other Africans in South Africa, the home country of the telecoms giant.
The handful crowd of Nigerians spontaneously gathered and conducted the protest just to register their displeasure of what is happening to their brothers and sisters in their nation. One of the protesters said, “I just joined the protest upon realising it was a reaction to the xenophobic attack on immigrants back in their country.”
A staffer of MTN Abuja Office located in the elitist Maitama district told www.gongnews.net “we had to hurriedly lock up the premises and go home. I don’t see them as protesters but as people who came to steal and cause confusion. It was a case of invasion. They came, opened the gate, entered and harassed people. They stole customers’ phones; they stole the phones and laptops of staff. There were up to 30 policemen but they didn’t do anything to stop them.”
The staffer condemned the invasion, noting that the protesters could have made their point in a more civilised way protesting peacefully. As it is now, we are living in fears of a repeat visit or a more violent repeat. We call on the police to please protect us.”
He added: “nobody is happy over what is happening in South Africa. I understand that people have the right to be angry over what is happening there but this is not the best way to go about it. They could have come here and say, ‘Shut down this place; you can no longer operate’ but not to attack Nigerians who work here and Nigerians who came here to repair their phones.”
“Sincerely, the Nigerian Police need to do better. If the way the policemen around had raised their voices, the crowd would not have had the confidence to attack our premises.