The Lagos State Government has condemned the vandalisation of Shoprite stores around Lagos state in the wake of xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
Shoprite, a South African supermarket chain, witnessed attacks to its stores in some parts of Lagos including in Jakande, Sangotedo and Surulere.
This comes following attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.
Gbenga Omotoso, the commissioner for Information and strategy reacting to the violence, released a statement calling on Citizens to avoid violent acts as the government is working to settle the issue once and for all.
These attacks are condemned as they are against the Nigerian spirit of accommodation and benevolence that the country in general and Lagos State in particular is noted for.
The Federal Government is in dialogue with South African Authorities to stop this obnoxious act. We appeal to our compatriots to eschew violence and any unlawful acts. The Lagos State Government wishes to reiterate its commitment to providing a conducive atmosphere where businesses are conducted without hindrances.
The security agencies have been directed to ensure that law and order prevail in all parts of the State, even as Lagosians are advised to go about their activities without any fear.
The South African national team has also suffered a blow as the Zambian government has now cancelled the friendly between the two countries over the incidents.
The match was slated for the 7th of September but has now been cancelled by Andrew Kamanga, the president of the Zambian football association.
Zambia announced this decision in a statement which reads: “The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) regrets to inform members of the public that the international friendly match between Zambia and South Africa that was scheduled for National Heroes Stadium on Saturday, 7 September 2019 has been called off in view of the prevailing security concerns in South Africa.
“FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala has relayed the message to the South African Football Association (SAFA) about the decision.”
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