After a five-day suspension of its business activities, MTN Nigeria will reopen its offices for business today.

Due to the protest which occurred as a result of the xenophobic Attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, some of its outlets were targeted by protesters in Nigeria; MTN Nigeria announced the closure of its offices nationwide and directed its workers to stay at home.

Shoprite and PEP which are the feasible and known South African stores were attacked by protesters in Nigeria in the past week.

In the midst of the xenophobic attack saga, it was reported that security operatives stood guard at the head office of the company on Wednesday to avert destruction of its property.

The management of MTN had strongly opposed violence and xenophobia against foreigners living South Africa.

The CEO, MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman, had said the company sought to connect people together without discrimination.

“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.

Ernest Ndukwe, who is the Chairman, Board of Directors, MTN Nigeria also condemned the violence against Nigerians and other nationalities in South Africa.

Ndukwe in a statement also described the violent response in Nigeria as unacceptable.

Source: Punch