Xenophobia: Protesters shut down Lagos MTN office, as S’African officials detain popular Nigerian analyst


Business activities at MTN headquarters in Falomo, Lagos, on Friday, March 3, were disrupted over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa by protesters under the aegis of the Human Rights Defenders and Advocacy Centre.

According to The Punch activities were stalled for over three hours at the telecommunications company’s premises, a situation which also affected other businesses in the building as the protesters did not allow vehicular movements into the premises.

The protesters expressed their grievances with placards displaying inscriptions such as “Stop xenophobia”, “Stop the killings and looting”, “Let peace reign in Africa”, “Let’s show love to one another” and “Nelson Mandela is our hero”.

Queen Rose Ameh, the president the group ,described the attacks on Nigerians and other African citizens as a barbaric attitude towards fellow human beings, urging that an urgent attention is needed to halt the crisis.

“Killing of innocent Africans living in South Africa is a barbaric attitude towards our fellow human beings,” she said.

She stated that this was not the first time South Africans would attack other Africans, describing the South African Government as an ingrate because of the role Nigeria and other African countries played during the reign of apartheid in the country.

Ameh urged the Nigerian government to develop its country so that no citizen would have any cause to travel to other African countries to suffer.

In a related development, political Analyst, Japheth Omojuwa says he is currently being detained by South African border officials because he is a Nigerian.

Omojuwa says, he is in South Africa on an invitation from the US Government. According to him, he has been isolated with another Nigerian who is a Student.

Read his tweets here