South African-owned businesses in Nigeria were forced to close stores, Wednesday, September 4, after their shops were attacked in retaliation for riots in South Africa that targeted foreign-owned businesses.
READ MORE: With anti-immigrant violence sweeping parts of South Africa, Nigeria on Wednesday urged its citizens to refrain from vengeance – even as at least two major South African-owned companies have suspended some operations there because of attacks.

In a Twitter post, the information ministry for Nigeria – the continent’s biggest economy – said the federal government “has appealed to Nigerians not to attack South African companies operating in Nigeria in retaliation for the ongoing xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.”

But days of looting and attacks on South African businesses believed owned by foreigners have had a ripple effect.

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