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BREAKING: Nigeria Recalls Ambassador To S/A • As MTN Nigeria Closes Shops Nationwide

By GRANDNEWS on 04/09/2019

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President Buhari with Vice President Osinbajo and Mr Onyeama
President Buhari with Vice President Osinbajo and Mr Onyeama

Nigeria on Wednesday recalled her Ambassador to South Africa, Ambassador Kabiru Bala, the Punch, quoting NAN sources has reported. This is coming as South Africa owned telecommunications giant, MTN has announced the closure of all its shops in Nigeria.

 President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met behind closed doors with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Jeoffrey Onyeama at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Personal Assistant on New Media to the President, Alhaji Bashir Ahmed, posted the pictures of the meeting on his twitter handle.

It is believed that the decision to recall the envoy might have been taken at the closed door meeting  referenced above.

Besides, the country has also pulled out of the World Economic Summit which began this morning in Cape Town. By that vdecision, Nigeria joins three other countries to boycott the summit. They are Rwanda, Congo D.R and Malawi.

Nigeria, according to the report is also said to be asking for compensation for the victims of the attacks.

Buhari had on Sept. 3 dispatched a Special Envoy to convey to President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa his deep concerns over the unabated attacks on Nigerian citizens and property in South Africa since Aug. 29.

NAN reports that South Africans commenced fresh attacks, looting and burning of businesses and properties belonging to Nigerians and other nationals and in the process killed three people.

The attacks by South Africans also led to an attempt by some Nigerians to raze some South African owned companies in Nigeria on Tuesday, including MTN, Dstv and Shoprite.

In a message to its subscribers on Wednesday, MTN Nigeria announced the closure of its shops and the operation of only its online platforms.

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

But the telecom operator did not say when the shops would be reopened.

Later in a statement, MTN said:

“MTN Nigeria Communications PLC confirms that over the last day, our facilities, customers and some of our stakeholders have been the subject of attacks in retaliation for the ongoing xenophobic situation in South Africa,” the statement read.

“We have confirmed reports of attacks in Lagos, Ibadan and Uyo. While we remain committed to providing uninterrupted services, the safety and security of our customers, staff and partners is our primary concern.

“All MTN stores and service centres will therefore be closed as a precaution until further notice.

“MTN condemns any acts of violence, prejudice and xenophobia and remains absolutely committed to ensuring a peaceful, harmonious and respectful relationship with all communities in Nigeria and across Africa.”


Posted 04/09/2019 3:01:30 PM


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