Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has revealed that the
anti-xenophobic protest which went wrong, led to loss of over 5,000 jobs
in the state.
Sanwo-Olu condemned looting of goods in the
shopping malls and also disclosed the number of jobs lost during an
inspection of some facilities damaged during the protest which was
hijacked by hoodlums. He said victims of the attack were indigenous
stores and not even South African-owned businesses.
He said: ‘’We have seen the level of destruction at both Novare Plaza and Surulere plaza.
first is to condemn the act that had led to this destruction in strong
terms. These are just enormous destruction of property. This is
extensive destruction of people’s wealth.
“Unfortunately, during my inspection of both plazas, I discovered that those affected were all indigenous stores and companies.
the names that are synonymous with South Africa, I could see that there
were over 150 staffs that could not get to perform their duties because
of the act.
‘’From the evidence shown, we realized that people
also jumped in through some nearby properties within the community. All
these are unimaginable.
‘’But really the lesson learnt from all
these were that we all go back and check what are the social
implications of what has happened and how can we learn from it.’’
people come into a store overnight to loot the goods, it is an act that
must be condemned. With the act now, over 5000 people are out of job.
These are places that Nigerians were the major ones affected.’’