Following its refusal to serve Nigerians, the Federal Government has closed Haufei Restaurant and Mall; a Chinese eatery situated at 33 Aboyade Close, Victoria Island, Lagos State.
Making the development public via a tweet on Saturday, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, FCCPC, said that a staff of the restaurant admitted that it was the business policy of the owners not to serve Nigerians.
The tweet read: “Today, FCCPC closed Haufei restaurant and Mall 33 Aboyade Cole, VI, based on credible intelligence and surveillance that the business declines service to Nigerians. Staff of the business admitted this is the policy and our operatives experienced same. Both now closed for further regulatory action.”
Sharing their experiences on social media, some Nigerians wondered why workers at the restaurant refused to serve them food, with one Folabomi sharing a video of herself in front of the eatery.
She said: “So, my friends and I have been asked to leave this Chinese establishment, a restaurant o, simply because we are blacks. In Nigeria!”
She further stated: “Our only option is to take out, but we cannot physically sit down and eat at the restaurant. As you can see, this has turned me to a crazy person. I don’t joke with my food.”
Also, an Instagram user, @coco_nutter, said: “I don’t understand how this is even possible. It is a recent policy made by the proprietor and the chef (who only spoke Mandarin) could not give us a reason why we could not sit and have a meal…”
Meanwhile, the development has drawn diverse opinions among Nigerians in various quarters. While some applauded the move by the FCCPC and claimed that Nigerians do not deserve such treatment in their country, others stated that owners of the businesses can decide whoever they do not want to provide their services to, including Nigerians.