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Xenophobia: MTN Nigeria Warns Against Attacks on its Facilities | Says Nigerians are 99% of Workforce

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Wale Goodluck

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Corporate Service Executive, MTN Nigeria, Wale Goodluck, on Monday warned that Nigerians protesting against the ongoing xenophobic attacks in South Africa, should not vandalize Nigerian-based MTN offices, as Nigerians make up 99 percent (about 6,000 in number) of their work force.

According to Punch, Goodluck also stated that people who are calling for the boycott of MTN services are making a huge mistake, as this would cause over 500,000 Nigerians to be unemployed, as such actions would affect the company’s support chain.

“This business supports a lot of businesses across the length and breadth of Nigeria. Many of the businesses that are affiliated to South Africa are in the retail space, supporting the growth of Nigeria and employing so many Nigerians,” he said.

71 Comments

  1. Ese Erica

    April 21, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Wale, I call ur statement cheap blackmail.

    • RIFF RAFF

      April 21, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      WHY won’t all these foreign companies resort to cheap blackmail?Do we HAVE anything tangible of our own in this country? OUR VERY OWN . That is what happens when we depend on other nations to build ours. WHY THEM NO GO DO SHAKARA? They will just buy our greedy leaders and that’s it. Selfish Wale who wants to secure his ambitions proves it.

      Meanwhile, read this excerpt from BOTHA, ex-South Africa’s white racist president:
      The fact that blacks look like human beings and act like
      human beings do not necessarily make them
      sensible human beings.
      Hedgehogs are not porcupines and lizards are not crocodiles because they look alike.
      If God had wanted wanted us to be equal to the blacks,he would have created us all of a uniform colour and intellect.

      Give them guns and they will kill each other. They are good in nothing else but making noise, dancing, marrying many wives and indulging in sex. Let us all accept that the Blackman is a symbol of poverty, mental inferiority, laziness and emotional incompetence. Isn’t it plausible?

      Therefore that the Whiteman is created to rule the Blackman……And here is a creature (Blackman) that lacks foresight….. The average Black does not plan his life beyond a year”.

      So tell me , despite the insults, has the black man with current events in south-Africa been able to prove this man wrong after 27yrs…….??

    • AD

      April 21, 2015 at 5:03 pm

      This is painful but somewhat a wake up call for those leading us. There are a lot of black people who plan for their own future and their family’s future but not for the entire black race.

      It is painfully sad.

    • Say_No_to South_Africa

      April 22, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      MTN SHOULD SIMPLY CLOSE DOWN!!!. AFTER THAT SHOPERITE, MWEB AND ALL OTHER SOUTH AFRICAN COMPANIES SHOULD FOLLOW. THIS SHOULD BE THE CASE IN NIGERIA, GHANA AND ANY PART OF AFRICA WERE THEY HAVE THEIR BIG BUSINESSES . REMEMBER, THEY TAKE ALL THE PROFIT BACK TO SOUTH AFRICA. MAKING THESE COUNTRIES POORER. KILLING SMALLER BUSINESSES. THEY DON’T WANT AFRICANS SO AFRICANS DON’T WANT THEM TOO.

      Before I continue please note the ordinary South African Definition of A NIGERIAN. If you are black, you are not from SADC and you cannot speak any South African language fluently then you are A NIGERIAN. Even Ghanaian have ague with them that they are not Nigerians and try to educate them that there are two countries between Ghana and Nigeria. They say it is the same. So, some foreigners hide under this false identity and commit crime in the name of NIGERIANS

      Just think of how many local businesses have closed because shoprite and other big south African businesses operating in Nigeria. I do not see why a single Nigerian should still be using MTN network for anything. Nigerians have choice, they can surely do without MTN. All Nigerians should please support Nigerian GSM operators and help stop sending Nigerians and other Africans to South Africa to be stoned to death or roasted live or have their small businesses looted regularly. what you see in youtube.com when you search “xenophobia in South Africa 2015” is only a small part of the happenings south Africa.

      The profit MTN make in Nigeria in one month alone, they cannot make it in south Africa in one year. But in South Africa, the South Africans are busy looting other Africans businesses regularly.

      Now when these South African big businesses make their huge profit, they send it back to south Africa making Nigerians poorer. But When Nigerian businesses make profit in Nigeria, it stays in Nigeria and improve the economy of Nigeria. Nigerians should please rethink.

      It is very funny to see South Africans in Nigeria roaming the streets of Nigeria without any official document permitting them stay in Nigeria but in South Africa, no Nigerian can try it. The Nigerian will immediately be bundle into a police cell ready for deportation. no going to take anything from his residence. He must loose everything to South Africans to loot or burn.

      Please, Nigerians, DO NOT BURN any South African alive OR KILL THEM the way they do in South African. DO NOT KILL ANY HUMAN BEING JUST BECAUSE HE OR SHE IS A FOREIGNER IN NIGERIA. But they should not be allowed to continue to destroy Nigeria economy by indirectly closing down small businesses with their big businesses and taking the profit back to south Africa. They cause unemployment, drive people to South Africa and then loot, burn alive and them there in South Africa.

      Do not think this is just an exaggeration. what you see in youtube.com when you search “xenophobia in South Africa 2015” is only a small part of the happenings south Africa. Some of the horrific videos are been removed now but if you want other links to view them just write a comment and include your email. They government tried to be silent on it but the internet exposed them before they know it. They do these evil act day and night in South Africa with impunity.

      It is true that the police do arrest some of the citizens in the full view of news reports cameras but these arrested one either never get to the police station or they are simply released the next day NO Changes NO CONVICTION. They simply come out and repeat they same thing again and the circle continues. Ask them how many of the “criminals” were arrested in 2008 xenophobia attacks and how many were convicted and sentenced to as little as one minute imprisonment? . they answer is NONE.

      Even the South African police join them to loot sometimes. there is a video of it. just search the internet.

      So, Nigerians, say NO to anything South Africa. They burn alive, stone to death, stab to death with impunity in South Africa any non South African they like. They even burn mother and child live. Watch the video and see the truth. BUT PLEASE DO NOT KILL ANY SOUTH AFRICAN JUST BECAUSE HE OR SHE IS A FOREIGNER IN NIGERIA. GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

  2. Ayymeezy

    April 21, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    What an idiot! How dare you threaten us with a loss of jobs when our people are losing their lives? What makes you think you are irreplaceable? What makes you think other networks aren’t just waiting in the corner for a piece of your market share? If you’re so worried about the loss of jobs, talk to your people in SA. You rich people all know each other and you have influence, do something! But to threaten us in unacceptable and we WILL boycott you! #BoycottSA

  3. Tee

    April 21, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Duhhhhhh!!!! Nigerians are working for MTN in Nigeria!( did y’all catch that). Are you willing to lose your jobs for the sake of fellow African brothers ? That’s the question? It takes a few sacrifices to make a major decision! Let’s just say technically shop rite/ MTN n whatever companies in Nigeria decide to go on strike!(not lose their jobs Biko) until the xenophobic attacks stop in SA! They’d lose tons of money! But hold up! Those people who use MTN as their service providers do they get cut off too? Hmmmm! That’s why the government has advisors who got an education for this! It’s gonna be a tough decision, me personally I’d find it hard to let go of my job, if there isn’t a plan B. So if the Nigerian govt is indeed planning to boycott SAs businesses in Nigeria, the over 500,000 people need jobs or it’s going to be pointless. 500k lose jobs, more come home from SA without job= high theft rate, high proposition rate, high very thing bad rate!

    • mrs chidukane

      April 21, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Do you know how much MTN makes from Nigeria? Their profit here is equal to the profit of several countries combined. Should they leave, other networks will absorb their customers and some staff immediately. They should beg and apologize and sue for peace. Not threatening Nigerians and talking rubbish. They will lose more than us if we push them out and that’s a fact.

    • her

      April 21, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Do u know how much bribe mtn pay to Nigeria politicians since obasanjo governmen more than a 100 million dollars without taxes, have asked urself why dere isnt virgin Nigeria again.they got tired of paying bribe…d truth is that dey make a lot of money before the bribe.

    • ...just saying

      April 21, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      @ her, get your facts right. Telcos were given a 5 years tax holiday when they started business in Obasanjo’s regime as part of the contract to lure international investors….Again,get your facts right.

  4. Brown

    April 21, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    True; but don’t sound like Nigeria needs MTN more. Your company also stands to lose a lot of money.

  5. tunmi

    April 21, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Woah so MTN employs over half a million Nigerians?

  6. WTH

    April 21, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    The man is mad. We have GLO which is our own. MTN should go to hell. We can’t be slaves to both whites and blacks. We deserve massive respect. MTN should give a better statement because this fool can create war. Look at his fat silly lips. Mouth gaped like that of an idiot.

  7. Zill paul

    April 21, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Do not be stupid to let unemployment blackmail cloud your judgment. Nigeria is the biggest market they’ll ever have, they lose more than we’ll lose.
    Everything is based on strategy, (in the most simplistic term) shut down MTN, GLOBACOM users increases; they need more workers to handle this influx of demand for their product, they hire Nigerians.
    Who’s the loser?

  8. bb

    April 21, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    You make 4 billion dollars a year in Nigeria, you send all your profits to SA, you have no Nigerian shareholders because you refused to list on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. You own 52% of the mobile market in Ng not because your efficient but because you were the first in the market. You only employed a black/ Nigerian CEO 2years ago when GEJ complained. You had a monopoly for 5 years where you were charging us per minute and sim card was 100k until our own Glo came and saved us with 3000 naira sim and per second billing. Now you threaten us the Giant of Africa with 6000 direct jobs and 500k indirect jobs, how much do you even pay your staff, peanuts, you treat them like slaves. Your stupid white monopoly capital mentality that you used to suffocate black South Africans and mentally castrate them you have brought that useless mentality to Nigeria. You want to frustrate us and turn us into savages but that is where you have failed. We have our own Adenuga of Glo and Hakeem Belo Osagie of etisalat willing to take your place. Buhari is a Nigerian Nationalist not like OBJ that dashed Nigeria to Mtn for a mere 200million dollars and prevented Adenuga from getting a license the first time around out of hatred. When he saw what Mtn did he had to bring that same Adenuga to break your monopoly, which he did but it was almost too late you had almost 6years to build a huge subscriber base with no competition. Now you dare to threaten us. MTN MUST GO! Nigerians we should stop this our father christmas, Africa khumbaya openNESS. Our relationship with the continent must be based on strategic interest , we open up to this useless SA companies, yet they don’t open up their country for Nigerian companies and apparently Nigerian people. They claim Africa when it suits them for mercantile purposes. If we are not careful they will kick out Nigerian companies not because they are better than our entrepreneurs but because their white business men have access to cheap and accessible credit/capital and most of them made money during the evil apartheid years. They are only trying to expand into Africa to spread their white monopoly capital and repatriate all their profits to SA and from there move it offshore. Say no to White SOuth African racism and monopoly. Buy Nigerian, Look at Forbes list, Nigeria is the only black country in the world that is creating black wealth even the African billionaires from other countries are mostly White from SA or Asians from EasT Africa. A black man cannot get rich in white countries or Asia. Yet they come to Africa, maltreat us for centuries turn our people into savages like they have done in SA and they expect us to accept it. For what? they don’t integrate into Africa, they have been here for 300 years their children don’t bear African names, they don’t speak our languages, they don’t marry Africans. They bring Europe and Asia with them. Can you live anywhere in the west and not speak their language for 300 years?. Shine your eye and support our black entrepreneurs. Buy Nigeria, port to glo or etisalat, shop in Ebeano or any other local supermarket, go to Nigerian Hotels, Support our own, Say not to white supremacy in Africa! Buy Nigerian!

    • Author Unknown

      April 21, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      Well advocated bb, but do you realise that our government and system permitted this bs? Pretty much the same way transatlantic slave trade would not have flourished if our leaders at the time did not personally profit from it. Africa, my friend, has not changed much. Blame the foreigners from a moral standpoint, but blame your government and legislative authorities more, as they are (should, lol) ultimately responsible for our welfare. Foreign participation is not necessarily a bad thing.

    • Kemmie

      April 21, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Are the recent xenophobic attack on the nationals of other African nations by South Africans not proving Botha’s views ( that give them guns they will kill themselves) right.
      These attacks are uncalled for, inhumane and barbaric. It hurts to see fellow blacks turn on blacks this way. If white people treat black less favourably based on our colour, we say they are being racist, what do we call this now.
      Difficult as it may sound, I think boycotting South African businesses and interests in Nigeria is going go send a strong and clear message to the South African, that they need us as much as we need them. And that the relationship with other African countries particularly Nigeria is a mutual one. And this is the message MTN and other SA businesses should be lecturing their people back home rather than threatening us with job losses.

    • nene

      April 21, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      gbammest. you have said it all. i’m dumping my mtn line for etisalat, but we need a nigerian company to rival dstv

    • NagosBigBoi

      April 21, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      @bb, I hope u meant to say 4 MILLION dollars and not billion. But if na billion, I beg let me know because I dey wrong bizness 🙂

    • bb

      April 22, 2015 at 5:39 am

      BILLION

    • nnenne

      April 22, 2015 at 3:04 am

      No man is an island. Make no mistake about that.
      Two wrongs does not make a right.
      Diplomacy is the way to go.

    • Say_No_to South_Africa

      April 22, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      I don’t know if you have watched this South Africa xenophobia 2015 videos

      drive.google.com/file/d/0B8FRxg7UWI5mRzdyZUtJbVNnNmM/view?usp=sharing

      drive.google.com/file/d/0B8FRxg7UWI5mZEVSdDFiQkdhN3c/view?usp=sharing

      drive.google.com/file/d/0B8FRxg7UWI5mQ3RYb19XRkJtdm8/view?usp=sharing

  9. Naijanime

    April 21, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Dear Wale/ MTN,
    You need a lecture on crisis communication and management!!! Good managers dont talk to their shareholders in such manner.

    • FYI

      April 21, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      I believe you mean stakeholders and not shareholders

    • Kemmie

      April 21, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      Exactly my thought.

    • Naydu

      April 21, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      I agree with you wholeheartedly. Poor crisis management.

    • Flosaidso

      April 22, 2015 at 3:03 am

      Absolutely spot on Naijanime, this Wale of a guy is an arrogant educated idiot who is more afraid because his selfish interest. Really counterproductive and myopic to try to scare Nigerians with his illogical analysis. I suggest Wale takes a seat whilst MTN recruits a Nigerian firm to help them with some crisis and reputation management. Everyone who knows Wale knows that he is full of himself and comes out with so much BS half the time. He is just a lucky idiot who has been strategically placed and believes in his own hype that he’s important.

      Abeg, it is truly time to boycott all things South African in this country to teach them a valid lesson without using violence. Nigerian counterparts should be on standby to step in and take over ojare! Nigeria, it is time to look inward to start developing and nurturing truly Nigeria businesses and talent. Let us stop building outside investment at the expense of our own. To be proudly Nigerian we need to start a movement dedicated to building everything Nigerian to be the very best we can be, standing shoulder to shoulder with products, services and businesses from the best worldwide, so that we can be self sustaining and can effortlessly compete with the best. God bless and keep Nigeria!!!

  10. Garland Orhue

    April 21, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    A wise man once said ” The great cause of revolutions is this, that while nations move onward, constitutions stand still.” trust me, the situation in south Africa now is not good a public image one would like to send out to foreign investors. I question why would a peaceful Nigerian want to emulate the ills in other nations rather than the good! i think all the steps we have taken so far is good…especially the peaceful protest… there couldn’t be any better way to raise awareness. lets leave the rest to our diplomats with the job we entrust them to do.

  11. TA

    April 21, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Wrong PR move! Mr Wale Goodluck, there is a time and place for facts and figures. This is not the time to be pontificating on how MTN has created jobs for Nigerians. This is the time for MTN Nigeria to issue a strongly worded statement condemning the Xenophobic attacks in South Africa and assure Nigerians nay all Africans that there is no place for Xenophobia. MTN could actually act like a pressure group to the South African govt, demanding they step up arrests of perpetrators and all others who have been part of this vicious attack. This statement by Mr Wale is plain insensitive and condescending.

    • Author Unknown

      April 21, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Spot on TA!

  12. Adenikeable

    April 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Na wa o, this Wale guy didnt even made mention or show sympathy to the ill-treated Nigerians in SA, no regards for humanity, he is just concern about his job. IS THIS A THREAT!

  13. Taipan!

    April 21, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    It is true, we dont need to stop MTN and DSTV because we have thousands of Nigerians working there which will add to our unemployment headache, …30 yrs ago wen Nigeria was 20yrs into our independence, we called for the mass evacuation of all illegal immigrants from our country we termed it “”GHANA MUST GO”” this was a mandate from Nigerian government to 2million foreign nationals to leave or face the consequences.. ..did Ghanians cry fowl? now tell me what we can say about that act by our own Nigerian government???. bcos we are never one as Africans….so we should allow the South Africans to do their bit bcos our own Nigerian government did that to Ghana

    • Confuzzled

      April 21, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Hmmm…. Ghana did it first. In the 1970s, they had their own NIGERIA MUST GO, and expelled many Nigerians from their country. The Ghana Must Go incident of 1983 was purely retaliatory. Ghanaians still hold it over our heads and have forgotten what they did to us, while most Nigerians are ignorant of the reason why Ghana Must Go happened.

      Either way, the Ghana Must Go incident has no similarities with the ongoing xenophobic/afrophobic attacks in SA because they were largely bloodless, and they were based on government policy, as opposed to the extra-judicial murder and harassment we’re seeing in SA.

    • nnenne

      April 21, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      What about Nigerians killing fellow Nigerians , looting and setting their business on fire?
      Are you denying that it’s happened over and over again? No one reacted as the victims ran to their states of origin.
      Am not in support of the situation in SA but I love fairness. If you must condemn one, then condemn all.
      How can we expect others to love us when we have no love among us?

    • Khutso

      April 24, 2015 at 8:56 am

      Ghana-Must-Go 1983… It seems Nigeria has also done what South Africa is doing. And we forget that boycotting African Companies in Africa will lead to Africans struggling continuously. It’s a pity, in SA the people who are Xenophobic, do not know anything about investments, international affairs and so forth, these are mostly (not entirely) people in the townships who are actually fighting for public services, high crime rate by both SAs and foreigners. They don’t even know what is happening with MTN… so as a nation, we need to be very wise in dealing with these issues instead of being emotional and acting out of anger. White we await GLO to be as big as MTN what happens to the masses that were employed by MTN. We need to think ahead!

  14. ogo

    April 21, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I don’t like people with Negative mindset.MTN is against the attack on Africans in S.A,why then do you think attacking them will help the situation?please don’t start what you cannot finish.Think before you act.

    • nnenne

      April 21, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you!

  15. ogy

    April 21, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    I Don port o. wale how dare u, no remorse watsoever. #mtnmustgo.

  16. mrs chidukane

    April 21, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Please don’t get me started on DSTV that will never do any promotion that Nigeria will benefit from. It will be open to South Africa and maybe some other countries but never to Nigeria. It always pisses me off!

    • Idak

      April 21, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      Not very true. There are many things you can accuse DSTV of but being biased against Nigeria and Nigerians in their promo is not one of them. Let’s not make unfounded accusations in the heat of the moment.

    • mrs chidukane

      April 21, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      Please, i’m not just making stuff up. I said will never but just check .Most of their promotions are not open to Nigerians. I have taken my time to check.

  17. Miss_Flygerian

    April 21, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Eject MTN, expand Glo
    Eject Shoprite, expand Ebeano/Addide
    Eject DSTV, expand HITV/Starcomms

    These xenophobic punks need to be given the boot.

  18. keep it real mr.

    April 21, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    It doesn’t matter right now.What is more important here is to do anything needed to bring South African government to their senses and also held them accountable for the lives and properties destroyed by these hoodlums.
    Inamuch as they have failed to take responsibility for this mess,drastic measures need to be taken.
    Although it’s gonna be a painful one(do to financial and jobs lost)but it’s quite necessary right now!…Many have been killed,thousands displaced from their various home and many also have lost their jobs.
    So Mr WAle stop being selfish!,those people lives,jobs and properties also matters!!

  19. mimi

    April 21, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    He sounds like most MTN employees I have ever dealt with professionally- cocky and rude. I guess they are a by product of how they are treated. One said once that we Nigerian vendors were not grateful for the opportunity we were being given to provide a service to them. Meanwhile their cost to a foreign vendor providing almost similar service was almost double. BB-your analysis was spot on

  20. Medina

    April 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Wale..take several seats back!!! we’ll call your bluff…boycott MTN and you will see that the world wont come to a halt..imagine the insensitive nansense you just spewed forth…r u telling me if your family was affected by the xenophobic killing…its job opportunities you will be dangling the place…give me a break! i will suggest u jejely port while u still can… GOODLUCK at that tho..(pun intended)

  21. Adetokunbo

    April 21, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Can anything good come out from anyone named GOODLUCK?

    • Southern

      April 22, 2015 at 6:38 am

      What an extremely insensitive thing to say.

  22. Beeeee

    April 21, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    ……and that’s how I switched to GLO. The worst possible thing to say right now. No mention of the attacks, nothing from MTN condemning this evil? Shame!

  23. fga

    April 21, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    This man should learn from history. In the 70’s Nigeria nationalized British Petroleum (turned it to African Petroleum) because they were selling oil to apartheid Zimbabwe and South Africa. The company didn’t die, it just changed hands and the British were kicked out, Shell on the other hand decided to respect the powers that be, that is why they are still around today. MTN can very easily be nationalized and its assets sold off to Glo, Airtel and Etisalat. No jobs will be lost or at least very few. These threats don’t faze us, we feed South Africa, they don’t feed us. MTN makes more in Nigeria than anywhere else in the world even in South Africa itself, so they should save us the stories and start begging. Imagine the arrogance.

  24. Manny

    April 21, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    I can’t get past his name. Wale Goodluck????

  25. concerned9ja

    April 21, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Wale whatever…what’s wrong with all these people with names like Goodluck and Goodwill…not bearing anything good lately…
    Companies would come and go I work in Technology and if you know the number of Software firms that were mainstays and have now completely disappeared off the radar but Technology is still progressing at a rapid rate…who remembers Hi5…MySpace…no firm is irreplaceable especially in this Tech driven age….MTN..DSTV..Shoprite are not special I blame the erratic and devious Obasanjo for their monopoly…
    You sound like a typical money monkey!!

  26. concerned9ja

    April 21, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    and SA’s loss and and bad PR should be our gain if only our leaders can tap into the excitement and goodwill following the smooth transition of power.

  27. Adetokunbo

    April 21, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Beeeeeeeeeee you and me!

  28. FYI

    April 21, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I’m disappointed at the Punch, it is a poorly delivered report by the Punch newspaper. I see they’ve posted a fixed message here: punchng.com/news/mtn-condemns-attacks-on-foreigners-in-south-africa/

  29. Naydu

    April 21, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    From the way Mr Wale has communicated, you can tell he was not in consultation with his PR team ( In house or External). This will only aggravate the current situation.

  30. Bennie Egbedinni

    April 21, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    In as much as i can’t support the boycotting of these businesses as from my own opinion will mean, we are indirectly fueling the fire of Xenophobia, which we are all protesting peacefully against! I believe and condemn in strong terms what Mr. Wale Goodluck is saying here. I expect him to talk with respect, he can state these facts(as if we don’t know anyway) without gloating or rubbing it in our face, like seriously, are you really a Nigerian??? Did you see pictures of people with bashed out brains or carved heads and backs? what of that little boy with blood all over his face or the teenagers being burnt alive or poor helpless Emmanuel Sithole????? The heading of the write up is even so horrible “MTN Warns Nigerians??? he is talking as if MTN is the only telecommunication company in Nigeria, please go back to school and learn public relations properly besides you do not threaten your shareholders!
    Boycotting these companies will however send a wrong signal to other foreign investors, so my point is, the people have done their part, Nigerian Government take it up and act, even after the whole craze dies down, enter into diplomatic talks not just with South African government to ensure the security of the lives of your citizens but also other countries as well, we have been lying too low in all these and a lot of countries treat Nigerians disrespectfully. As for Mr. Wale, just Zip it!

    • lolu

      April 22, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      The only message we will be sending is that we are finally ready to stand up for ourselves. Other foreign investors should know that their investment in Nigeria is not a birthright and that if Nigeria is under seize from their countries, we would “not be Happy” about it. We should and will not become violent about it but some form of protest is the least we can do.

  31. rile

    April 21, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    wish our government can frustrate all south african owned company in nigeria,dem no reason am b4 dem dey destroy other country biz 4 deir own country,d jobless nigerians ll get a job some place else.

  32. Sunshine

    April 21, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    OMG, another Goodluck making a moronic comment,Instead of appealing to the community and condemning the disgusting act in SA, the idiot is covertly talking about his revenue.

  33. jojo

    April 21, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    How about directing your statments to the people inn SA. Attempting to intimidate the public is VERY BAD PR

  34. chenney

    April 21, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Mr Wale seriously needs to shut his fat lips and go learn a bit of lesson on how to address issues like this, he seriously lacks the quality to occupy the position he is occupying going by his response here.

  35. fyi

    April 21, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Terribly bad PR. But the other newspapers other than the punch reported the same story differently. I think the man must have been misquoted and talking about the impact closure of MTN Nigeria will have on Nigerians rather than on South Africa.

  36. Ebony

    April 21, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Nigerians, really?
    So we cannot think of an effective and sustainable solution to the recent Xenphobic driven attacks in SA than to bite the fingers that feeds thousands of Nigerians?
    Alibaba that was screaming boycott MTN, Shoprite, etc, so what happens to the thousands of people these companies employ.
    You should be fighting to fix your country so indigenous companies can thrive. So people don’t become slaves and victims of abuse just because they are not in their homeland and most times they left for “greener pastures”.
    Let’s stop thinking and churning out “surface strategies”.

    • preye

      April 22, 2015 at 4:14 am

      pls profer a solution then rather than just condemn other people who have. they have given their own solution as boycotting the SA companies who rip Nigeria off esp DSTV and SA. you might not agree with them but don’t sit in your house and insult them for speaking up. if u have a better solution SAY IT rather than just condemn that of others. pls offer your “effective and sustainable solution”. we are waiting

  37. love

    April 21, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    only 500,000 jobs in a country of 180 millon people. mtn is cheating nigeria

  38. Tiwalade Alade

    April 21, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    This Man is mentally retarted! So Selfish and wicked! Nigerians should say #NoToMTN #NoToDSTV #NoToShoprite. Lets see who d tin go pain pass,at least we have ours too. Lets expand ours. They shud jst go to blazes.

    • Khutso

      April 24, 2015 at 9:09 am

      Then when all these companies go… high unemployment rate, then Nigerians go to other countries, become asserts there and add to that country’s economy. In as much as I condemn Xenophobia, I think most people are reacting out of anger instead of being rational and that wll back fire on us anyways for example, the reasons why there is Xenophobic attacks in SA, is because in February, a Somalian shot an SA teenage bot dead, then SA citizens reacted out of ANGER, started to kill, loot and hit ALL foreigners, then it continued and continued, so now SA is about to lose investments because of something that started out of people who responded to anger instead of being rational, now Nigerians, you are angry, will boycott SA companies because you are angry (and I truly understand) but then a month from now, what happens to all the employees of Shoprite, MTN etc in Nigeria… Nigerians will forced to go to other countries, and do not forget the “Ghana-Must-Go” xenophobia that Nigerians embarked on, what if Ghana decides to strike back? Then is a circle of hatred, by the way where did it start? One Somalian killed one South African!

  39. ushertech

    April 21, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    lets stop talking and take action. am planing to shut down their mask tonight in my hood. hola if you got my back.

  40. Cferdie

    April 21, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    hmmm you need a new PR consultant first of all because even a little baby knows that you dont bite the hand that feeds you and yes the hundred naira airtime i purchase feeds you. You make money off us and then you threaten us….its a really sad day in Nigeria

  41. Why

    April 21, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Rubbish, if these were to be western countries they will evacuate their citizens and nationalize the companies and there is nothing anyone can do, we Nigerians need to start creating employment for Nigerians so they won’t threaten us, instead of denouncing xenophobia, they are threatening people, I am sure your real name is not GOODLUCK. stupid man, boycott MTN and expand GLO.

  42. O~Intuition!

    April 21, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Dear MTN, You ARE NOT Irreplaceable!

    Certain Banks Made Such a Threat as This
    Certain Airlines , even National Carriers, made Such a Threat as This

    … Where There is Life, There is HOPE!

    Q.E.D

    P.S: You failed to mention, your crappy services regardless of your existence since 2000 (circa)…So face your work!

  43. Mlu Gumede

    April 22, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Not all South African support xenophobia , also what the media doesn’t show is that our President and our ruling party have done all in their power to ensure that our fellow brothers and sisters are safe and away from harm’s way , there are more than 50 organisation that have collected food and other essentials for all those affected by this mishap however the media will no show that. I as a South African condemn this behaviour and have every faith that this will not happen going forward our leaders are working on ensuring all those involved in this are dealt with…

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