Telecoms giant, MTN Nigeria has ordered the closure of its service centres after it suffered reprisal attacks by angry Nigerians on its facilities, in reaction to the xenophobic attacks meted Nigerians in South Africa.
It was confirmed that its facilities in Lagos, Ibadan and Uyo suffered massive destruction which has caused lots of fears to its workers and targeted senior executive members. As a result, its centres were closed down and workers ordered to go home till further notice is served.
Mtn’s publicity secretary, Uto Ukpanah in a press statement explained that sequel to the attacks, all service centres and offices will remain shut.
According to Ukpanah,
“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 xenophobia situation in South Africa.
“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.
“We are engaging all relevant authorities in this regard and we urge them to act swiftly to reduce tensions both in South Africa and Nigeria. We will provide further updates as and when possible”
Not holding back its stand on xenophobia, the Mtn-Nigeria CEO, Ferdi Moolman took to the companies official twitter handle in a letter released to strongly “say no to xenophobia” with hash tags #AfricaUnite #Peace #Love #SayNoToXenophobia