Xenophobic attacks against Nigerians have commenced again as videos of South Africans molesting and injuring Nigerians have surfaced on the internet. The continuous attacks on Nigerians and other African nationals by South Africans have given rise to intense tension between Nigeria and South Africa.
About a month ago, efforts were made by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa to address issues bothering on reprisal attacks.
Also, in order to find a lasting solution to the issue, President Muhammadu Buhari has scheduled a meeting with South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa in October.
Reactions: Following the recent videos of human brutality, Nigerians have taken to the social media platform, Twitter, to call out South African companies to vacate the country.
Lets break our MTN sim
stop going to shoprite
stop using Dstv…
All these are just social media talk !
If you all could stand up for Busola Dakolo & COZA
I wonder what is stop us from standing up for Nigeria !
Let’s shut it down !
They called for war !
Let’s give them war ! https://t.co/7gojMM0JL5
— Nigeria coffee (@Prettyy_Rib) September 3, 2019
What if every Nigerian using MTN SIM card borrow the highest airtime their sim can borrow and after using the airtime then break the SIM card … But my fellow Nigerian can never sacrifice their MTN SIM card to fight for their brothers #Xenophobiapic.twitter.com/RyCQWKIAH2
— Legit madman (@LegitMadman) September 3, 2019
I have ported my MTN SiM to 9mobile.
I’m not shopping at Shoprite anymore.
I was already tired of DSTV, so I’m done with them.
This is my stan to #Xenophobia.
If the FG like let them act, after all they never care about Herdsmen and Boko haram killing innocent lives.
— E B I T U™ (@EbituPromise) September 2, 2019
It Starts With U
* Just Broke my MTN sim
* Will never Shop at ShopRite
* Stanbic is a dead end
* No longer Subscribn to DSTV
Change begins with me. We need to send a msg to South Africa since Nign Leaders are too Stupid to do anything. pic.twitter.com/D0U4mSIKav
— Ink_Hart (@rizzza) September 2, 2019
I hate Glo. The network is messed up . But right now, I am a Nigerian. I am destroying my Mtn sim and buying Glo. While still at it, anybody that sees me in a Shoprite store again from today should stone me. As for DSTV, I will find an alternative. Useless ungrateful bunch.
— Mazi (@matthewamad) September 2, 2019
Boycott South African EVERYTHING.
Fuck Big Brother Naija.
What is happening to Nigerians is more important than a fucking show.
Stop watching that show.
Don’t shop at ShopRite.
Boycott them all.
— Suga Dono (@sugabelly) September 3, 2019
Honestly Nigeria government needs to act and sanction SA. Infact close down Nigeria high commission there and repatriate people willing to come home Have all South Africans leave Nigeria in 48hours too. Suspend multi choice , Mtn and Shoprite. This madness will stop.
— Babajide Daniels (@jay_daniels07) September 2, 2019
We can’t even see ahead of our noses!
Why has the government not stopped all trade associations with them? Are we not their biggest customers in Africa?
MTN and ShopRite aren’t even as big over there… We are the ones fuelling their gadamn economy!and all they do is spit it!
— Onyekwere Chibundu (@boondu_Sneh) September 3, 2019
If Nigeria has to break ties with South Africa, let’s take off all the gloves fully. FG should assist Adenuga’s Glo in acquiring MTN, and also support Prince Ebeano in acquiring Shoprite Nigeria. All Nigerians in South Africa should return & Vice- versa. NTA can acquire DSTV too.
— Mr Stanley Nwabia (@MrStanleyNwabia) September 2, 2019
Me what I already did to my MTN SIM
No Time to waste.
I hate rubbish pic.twitter.com/qPCIxBAyGd
— Aladdin (@PaulTit12235269) September 3, 2019
However, some people have argued that these South African companies provide jobs for Nigerians and as such should not be boycotted.
Boycott Shoprite, MTN and DSTV but remember who makes up a large quota of their work force here, our brothers and sisters. I understand the emotions, but think of the number of people you’d be throwing into unemployment.
— Mazi Efam (@iefamharris) September 3, 2019
DSTV, MTN and Shoprite have employed millions of Nigerians, boycotting them is like PLAYING YOURSELVES.
It’s like punishing DANGOTE because some Nigerians defrauded people in South Africa.
Make una dey think before all these silly comments abeg #Xenophobia
— Abuja Minister – LLB, B.L,BBM, MG (@Sir_BiolaPr) September 2, 2019
Meanwhile, many people think that Multichoice, Shoprite among other South African companies garner a large percentage of their revenue from the Nigerian market. Many have even expressed that these South African companies will experience a huge decline in revenue should they be forced to leave Nigeria.
Nairametrics fact-checked these claims and discovered that the bulk of the revenue of these South African businesses isn’t from Nigeria. It is pertinent to understand that none of these South African companies – MTN, Stanbic IBTC, Shoprite and Multichoice has the biggest cut of its market share in Nigeria. Therefore, if you take Nigeria out of their operations, it will be felt but it would not be fatal.