Protesters in Abuja, Nigeria have on Thursday, 23 February 2017 vandalised the head office of South African owned mobile service provider, MTN. The protesters said that their attacks on MTN Nigeria's headquarters are as a reaction and retaliation for the current xenophobic attacks being experienced by Nigerians in South Africa.
The attacks on MTN Nigeria's head office in Abuja coincide with the visit of MTN Group chairperson, Phuthuma Nhleko, to the Nigerian capital. Nhleko is is in Abuja to meet with Nigeria's Vice-President , Yemi Osinbajo, who has been in charge of the West African Country for the last month as current President, Muhammadu Buhari, is on "medical leave" in the United Kingdom.
The attack is reported to be serious as MTN Nigeria's representatives have said that the protesters broke into the building and not only vandalized it but also stole some items like iPads and computers.
This attack follows weeks of violence against foreign nationals in South Africa including the looting and vandalizing of at least 20 foreign owned shops across South Africa.