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Xenophobic reprisal: MTN orders workers to stay at home

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Worried by possibilities of a reprisal from the xenophobic killings and destruction by South Africans, MTN Nigeria has directed its workers to stay at home.

The telecom giant owned by South Africans also directed all its stores and service centres to be closed as a precaution until further notice.

A spokesman for the firm made this known to newsmen, saying that none of them went to work today as some of their facilities were attacked on Tuesday in Ibadan.

MTN, however, said it would continue to provide uninterrupted services as it was concerned about the safety and security of its customers, members of staff and partners.

Nigeria’s security operatives reportedly stood guard at the head office of the company on Wednesday to prevent the destruction of the company’s property.

The CEO MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman, in a statement on Tuesday, said the company was against all forms of violence and xenophobia against people.

“MTN Nigeria strongly condemns hate, prejudice and xenophobia and reiterates 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,” he added.

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