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Xenophobia: Don't attack S/African businesses in Abuja, FCT Minister urges

9th Sep, 2019 | By Anthony Ogunleye and Wisdom Acka | ||

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has appealed to Nigerians not to carry out retaliatory attacks on business interests of South Africans in the Nigerian capital. Malam Bello made the call following reported pockets of retaliatory attacks on some business concerns belonging to South Africans in Lagos and alleged attempts at attacking others in Abuja.

Malam Bello, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Media, Abubakar Sani, in a media chat in his office last week, also disclosed that the Minister has directed that all businesses of that country must be protected. He said: "The FCT Minister is deeply concerned about reports which indicate that business interests of South Africa in Lagos especially, have been attacked by some people, and the Minister wants FCT residents to remain calm because the Federal Government, particularly President Muhammadu Buhari, has taken a very bold initiative by sending a special envoy of the Government of Nigeria who is already relating with the government of South Africa to ensure that steps are taken to bring to bring an end to the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

"So for us in the FCT, the message from the Minister is that we have no reason whatsoever to attack business interests of South Africans or the South African Government. "This is because if you look at it, Nigerians are equally involved in the running of these businesses and any attack or destruction of these businesses will no doubt have consequential effects on Nigeria and the Nigerian economy itself. "So the message is particularly to the young people and students who may be misled: they should allow the processes and allow steps the Federal Government has taken so far, to come to fruition. And I believe that, at the end of the day, all of us will be happier for it."

According to him: "The Minister has also directed law enforcement agents to ensure that steps are taken to protect all South African businesses across the FCT." It could be recalled that South Africans have sustained renewed violent attacks on foreigners, including Nigerians, and their businesses, leading to killings and destruction in the past few weeks, a development which prompted calls for reprisal attacks by Nigerians on that country's interests.

News Update

The Minister said these after a meeting of the FCT Security Committee which comprises heads of the police, military and para-military formations in FCT as well as Area Council Chairmen and religious leaders.

The cheery news is coming as Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu will headline a distinguished galaxy of stakeholders for the FCT pension stakeholders retreat this week.

Finally last week, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) took over managing and operating the newly- completed Nigeria-Korea Model School in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his Administration will continue to fashion policies designed to ensure employment and security of all citizens, especially the youth.

Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has decried the lynching of three suspected traffic robbers popularly known as 'One chance' in Dutsen Alhaji area of Abuja last week.

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) always makes public the allocations in line with President Muhammadu Buhari's Change Agenda which harps on transparency, anti-corruption and accountability, tenets which FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has made his beacon.


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