Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos state, says more than 5,000
people are currently out of jobs following protest after the
xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
Some of the protesters had broken into business outlets owned by South
Africans, including Shoprite.
Sanwo-Olu, who visited some of the affected shopping malls in Ajah and
Surulere areas of the state, lamented the consequence of the acion.
“These are jobs where Nigerians are the ones that have been affected.
So, we need to be able to take the lessons out of this, be stronger
together and be able to take corrective measures to ensure that things
like these should certainly not repeat itself in our community,” he
“We have seen the amount of enormous destruction in both plazas and
the first thing is to condemn in strong terms whatever could have led
to this. It is an extensive destruction of people’s property.
“In both malls, over 5,000 people are out of jobs. These are jobs
where Nigerians are the ones that have been affected.
“As a government, we have come out to condemn this and to assure
business community that ease of doing business is paramount to us and
security of lives and property is part of the to-do list for us.
“We are charging our security operatives to stop at nothing to ensure
that they keep all of these facilities safe and secure.”
The governor asked business owners to build positive engagements with
their communities so as to be acceptable by the people.
He also added that Lagosians in turn should see such organisations as
part of them and equally own and protect them against attacks.