Retaliatory attacks: Nigerian leader sues for calm

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari gets commendation from lawmakers.

By Timothy Choji, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to Nigerians to desist from taking any step that would affect South African companies or business outfits based in Nigeria, as retaliation for attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama told Journalists on Wednesday after he met with President Buhari at the State House, Abuja.

The Minister said government was doing its best to address the situation without delay.

“The President has appealed and is likely to make a statement or address the nation on this. He has appealed to Nigerians to please desist from acts of vandalism and aggression; destroying properties because these businesses, Shoprite, MTN and others are South African but their subsidiaries are in Nigeria, owned by Nigerians,” he said.

He said it was morally wrong for such attacks to continue and at the end of the day, it is Nigerians that would incure losses.

“As attacks are made against such institutions, its actually the property owned by Nigerians and of course the people working there are Nigerians so the people that will suffer from those acts of vandalism and aggression are not South Africans or anyone else but they are Nigerians.

President Buhari said it was morally wrong for people to take laws into their hands.

Lateefah Ibrahim