Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state on Wednesday condemned the reprisal attack against some companies believed to be owned by South Africans in Nigeria.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Sanwo-Olu promised to deal with troublemakers who exploit the ongoing xenophobic attacks against foreign citizens in South Africa to foster problems in the state.
The governor said he would not tolerate violence in any way against innocent residents and businesses in the state by any person or group. Latest Nigeria newspaper reported yesterday new xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.
In this context, some aggrieved youth had attacked some companies that are believed to be owned by South Africans in Lagos and other states of the country. However, Sanwo-Olu, who criticized the reprisal attacks, said such actions do not reflect the true identity of Nigerians.
Sanwo-Olu stated this at the launch of the Women’s Fund of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) and the Presentation of Checks at LTV Blue roof in the Ikeja area of the state. According to Sanwo-Olu: “The attack in Lagos does not reflect or determine who we are or represent as lakes and Nigerians.
“We have seen the disturbing videos of attacks and vandalism against Nigerian citizens and their businesses in South Africa. This provoked strong reactions from some Nigerians who decided to vent their anger over South African investments in Lagos yesterday.
“As a government, we condemn the violence that thugs who attacked Shoprite and other South African commercial interests in Lagos attacked innocent people. We cannot try to find a solution to crime by committing a crime. This is not part of our values as Nigerians.
“Therefore, I wish to state categorically that Lagos will remain safe for all Nigerian and foreign citizens who comply with the law and are here for business. We will not approve any act that could lead to the collapse of law and order.”