As an end appears to be in sight to the senseless attacks being unleashed on fellow Africans by South African indigenes which has received a worldwide condemnation, normalcy is gradually returning to the operational headquarters of pay-tv giants, Multichoice Nigeria.
Nigerian youths and others had threatened to retaliate the attacks by picketing all South African interests in the country if the wanton destruction of lives and properties of foreigners continued.
Some of them who could bear the mess, actually took to the streets in places like Abuja, Enugu, Benin and other places to prove that their readiness to return fire for fire to them was not a tea party.
Consequently, Multichoice Africa, apparently had no choice than to join forces with others to condemn the attacks. And a statement from its office put thus, ‘’we are appalled by the acts of violence being perpetrated against our fellow brothers in South Africa and strongly condemn these acts.’’
It went further; ‘’as a multi-cultural African organization we respect and embrace diversity, and all the different traditions and religions across the continent.’’
However, unlike their counterparts in the telecoms sector, the MTN whose statement that its targets should be spared because it has about 6,000 Nigerian workers angered many Nigerians, Multi – choice was more diplomatic.
‘’Our condolences go to the families and friends of those who have been affected or lost their lives in these unforgivable acts of violence.’’ It concluded.
While the whirlwind was at its peak, however, Hallmark Life gathered, the entire offices housing all its operations in Nigeria were very apprehensive and worked witfear of the unknown.
At its Victoria Island headquarters in Lagos, for instance, security was not only beefed up but the staffers advised to be extra vigilant in all their activities.
An insider there who spoke under the condition of anonymity squealed that, ‘’it was an easy moment, even up till now, everybody is still afraid. You know when people are angry and engage in reprisal attacks, it can come in any form. If explosions are thrown here, imagine the toll it will take. So we’ve been praying that it’s amicably sorted out and we thank God that the end is in sight.’’