Xenophobia: Anambra Government Welcomes Foreigners, Says Information Commissioner

Raymond Ozoji, Awka

The commissioner for information and public enlightenment in Anambra state, Mr. C. Don Adinuba, has said that the state government welcomes foreigners and Nigerians alike who are interested in doing business and investing in the state.

He stated this at the government house Awka yesterday during an exclusive interview with our correspondent shortly after a brief ceremony at the Executive Chambers.

Adinuba said in spite of the racial prejudice as well as xenophobia unleashed on Nigerians in South Africa, Anambra state sued for peaceful coexistence and co-habitation as exemplified in the tranquil business environment in the state.

The commissioner noted, “Nobody encourages violence. Two wrongs don’t make a right. The ministry of information has spoken that many of the investors in South African businesses are Nigerians. Many of the workers are Nigerian workers.

“So should anything happen to Nigerian workers, it does not make sense. At the same time, the people who invested in South African businesses that are Nigerians are not the people responsible for the xenophobia in South Africa.

“So to direct attacks against them doesn’t make sense. We are for peace. We are for peaceful coexistence. We are for co-habitation. The Anambra State Government welcomes Nigerians and foreigners alike; we want them to invest in our state and we assure them of peaceful environment and security.”

The commissioner however extolled president Muhammadu Buhari’s peaceful disposition towards the racial discrimination against Nigerians in South Africa.

He said the president’s dispatch of a delegation to South Africa on peace mission was the most auspicious thing to do at the instance to maintain bilateral relations between the two countries.

Adinuba said the move deserved the commendation of all Nigerians including the people and government of Anambra state.

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