South Africa’s telecommunications giant MTN closes all outlets in Nigeria as counter xenophobic attacks spread

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Global South African telecommunications company, MTN, has closed all its outlets and shops in Nigeria as counter xenophobic attacks spread on Wednesday.

Local newspapers reported that the MTN office located in Karu, a suburb of Abuja, was vandalized on Wednesday by some Nigerians protesting against the xenophobic attacks on fellow citizens in South Africa.

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On Wednesday afternoon, MTN Nigeria informed customers via s text message its physical outlets would be shut.

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The telecommunication company had on Tuesday condemned the xenophobic attack in South Africa and ordered staff to stay away from work until further notice.

“Yello! Our shops are unavailable today. You can reach us on Twitter- @MTN180, MTNonline.com/Livechat, chat on MyMTN App. For Call Center dial 180. Thank you,” MTN said.

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Chief Executive Officer of MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman was quoted as saying “MTN Nigeria strongly condemns hate, prejudice and xenophobia and reiterate our unequivocal condemnation of all violence.

“We seek to connect people, bring people together and provide a platform for everyone’s voice to be heard.

“We are against all forms of bigotry and discrimination; they should have no place in society.

“Everyone has the right to a world where their rights and freedoms are respected – the right to live and earn a living, freely, safely and protected by the law.”

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