Xenophobic Attacks: Tiwa Savage cancels performance in South Africa

Due to xenophobic attacks in South Africa, Tiwa Savage has announce that she will not be performing later this month as earlier scheduled.

The mum of one made disclosed this in the wake of the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans by South Africans that has since led to Nigerians retaliating by attacking South African owned businesses operating in Nigeria.

Savage who is just one of the many prominent Nigerian celebrities to react to the xenophobic attacks made it clear that she will not stand and watch her people butchered.

She tweeted:
“I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK. For this reason I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on the 21st of September. My prayers are with all the victims and families affected by this.”
A South African fan of the songstress replied Savage by telling her that no one has butchered her people but Savage responded that the killing of any African makes it her people whether the person happens to be Nigerian or not.

Another follower responded to Savage by saying that she is misinformed and her post suggests that she is in support of drug dealing. The follower wrote:
“South Africa is my second home, i know cause I have seen with my eyes the situation and you are misinformed, there would be no drugs to buy if there were no dealers, from this it’s clear you are in support of drug dealing in SA.”

Savage was, however, quick to deny being in support of drug dealing when she tweeted:
“I’m not in support of drug dealing nor am I in support of killing. The solution to fighting drug crime is not killing my dear brother.”
In a response tweet to those trolling her for cancelling her scheduled performance, she wrote:
“But yet I was booked to perform at the festival. This is a serious issue were NO ONE wins when blood is shed whether old videos or not. Issue needs to be resolved. We Africans (including South Africans) need each other.”
Meanwhile, an MTN office located in Karu, Abuja, was vandalised by some Nigerians protesting against the xenophobic attacks on fellow citizens in South Africa.

There was also pandemonium at Shoprite, Lugbe, along airport road, Abuja, on Wednesday as police fired teargas canisters to stop a mob from setting the shopping mall on fire.

The protesters, who were on the verge of setting the building ablaze, were stopped by anti-riot policemen.

They, however, set bonfires on the expressway, around the Shoprite outlet, and insisted on not leaving the area until they accomplished their mission. More policemen have been deployed in the area to restore law and order.

There have been reprisal attacks targeting South African businesses in the country since the latest round of assaults on Nigerian citizens in South Africa.

On Tuesday, violence broke out at the Shoprite outlet in Lekki, resulting in the death of one protester.

The MTN office in Bodija, Ibadan was set on fire in the string of protests against targeting South African businesses.

The police said they have reinforced security around some South African business interests across the country to forestall attacks.

In the wake of the xenophobic attacks, the Nigerian federal government has summoned the South African High Commissioner, Bobby Moore.


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