Chinese Supermarket in Abuja Faces Backlash for Denying Entry to Nigerians

A Chinese supermarket in Abuja, Nigeria, faces backlash for denying entry to Nigerians, allowing only Chinese customers. The incident sparks outrage and calls for government intervention to address discrimination by foreign businesses in the country.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Chinese Supermarket in Abuja Faces Backlash for Denying Entry to Nigerians

Chinese Supermarket in Abuja Faces Backlash for Denying Entry to Nigerians

A Chinese supermarket located in Abuja, Nigeria, has been facing severe criticism for denying entry to Nigerians since January 2024, allowing only Chinese individuals to shop. The supermarket, situated at the China General Chamber of Commerce along Umaru Musa Yar'Adua Road, is known for its Chinese cuisine and beverages. Security personnel and staff at the supermarket have confirmed the discriminatory policy, stating that it was a directive from the management.

Several Nigerians have expressed outrage over this policy, describing it as absurd and implying that a Chinese person holds more rights than a Nigerian in Nigeria. "It is absolutely horrible and absurd. How can a Chinese have more rights than a Nigerian in Nigeria?" a resident said. The incident has ignited widespread condemnation, with many Nigerians calling the supermarket's actions 'weird' and drawing parallels to the country's significant debt to the Chinese government.

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has assured a thorough investigation into the accusations. Afam Osigwe, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has strongly condemned the discriminatory practices, equating it to racism and urging the government to intervene swiftly. "This is like racism and it should not be allowed anywhere in Nigeria. The government must take immediate action and investigate this thoroughly," Osigwe stated.

Why this matters: The incident has raised serious questions about the treatment of Nigerians by foreign businesses operating in the country and the need for greater inclusivity and respect. It highlights the growing concerns over the influence of foreign entities in Nigeria and the importance of ensuring that all individuals, regardless of nationality, are treated fairly and equally.

The management of the supermarket has not provided any explanation for the policy change, which occurred in January. Security officers stated that prospective shoppers who are not Chinese are turned back at the gate, and the authorities have been asked to remove all online advertisements for the supermarket to stop people from coming. As the investigation continues, calls are growing for a boycott of the supermarket and greater accountability from foreign businesses operating in Nigeria to prevent such discriminatory incidents from occurring in the future.

Key Takeaways

  • Chinese supermarket in Abuja, Nigeria denies entry to Nigerians since Jan 2024.
  • Supermarket allows only Chinese individuals to shop, sparking outrage among Nigerians.
  • Federal agency promises thorough investigation, senior lawyer condemns the discrimination.
  • Incident raises questions about treatment of Nigerians by foreign businesses in the country.
  • Calls for boycott and greater accountability from foreign firms to prevent such incidents.