Nigeria Government Lists Ghana’s Sins Says It Will No Longer Tolerate Abuses

Photo of the Nigerian Minister of information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed

Information reaching Wakeupafrica360 from our correspondent in Nigeria has it that the federal government has listed some of the maltreatments, Ghana has melted out on Nigeria and it’s citizens and vowed that it would no longer tolerate “offences” by the country. Recall that recently, Nigerian traders in Ghana accused the Ghanaian Authorities of illegally closing their shops. The event came after a Ghanaian pulled down part of Nigeria’s mission in Accra, the country’s capital. Uncomfortable with these development and many others in the past, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed in a statement on Friday regretted that while over one million Ghanaians resident in Nigeria continued to enjoy the hospitality of Africa’s most populous nation, Nigerians in Ghana were being maltreated.

According to him, “The federal government has been documenting the acts of hostility towards Nigeria and Nigerians by the Ghanaian authorities. These include; seizure of the Nigerian Mission’s property located at No. 10, Barnes Road, Accra, which the Nigerian Government has used as diplomatic premises for almost 50 years. Demolition of the Nigerian Mission’s property located at No. 19/21 Julius Nyerere Street, East Ridge, Accra, another serious breach of the Vienna Convention. Aggressive and incessant deportation of Nigerians from Ghana; between Jan. 2018 and Feb. 2019, 825 Nigerians were deported from Ghana. The federal government will like to put on record the fact that even though over 1 million Ghanaians are resident in Nigeria, they are not being subjected to the kind of hostility being meted out to Nigerians in Ghana. Also Even though the main reason that was given for the seizure of Federal Government property at No. 10, Barnes Road in Accra is the non-renewal of the lease after expiration, the Ghanaian authorities did not give Nigeria the right of first refusal or the notice to renew the lease. By contrast, the lease on some of the properties occupied by the Ghanaian Mission in Nigeria has long expired, yet such properties have not been seized. Nigeria has time after time demonstrated its fidelity to the long cordial relations with Ghana. But indications, especially in recent times, are that Nigeria’s stance is now being taken for granted and its citizens being made targets of harassment and objects of ridicule. This will no longer be tolerated under any guise.”

However, the minister urged and advised Nigerians in Ghana to always and continue to be law-abiding and not for any reason resort to self-help.

Photo of Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang during her enrollment as Nkosuohemaa in Ahafo Region, Ghana

On other news making the round, Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang was enstooled Nkosuohemaa in Ahafo Region, Ghana. The former education minister was given the title Naana Agyemang Opambour 1, after being enstooled by the chiefs and people of Yankye Traditional Area. The chiefs said her enrollment is in recognition of her illustrious contributions to national development and for being a role model to girls. Prof. Opoku-Agyemang recently visited the Ahafo region to campaign after being selected as John Mahama’s running mate for the 2020 polls.

This was part of her tour of some regions to introduce herself to the grassroots and to listen to their plights. The NDC Vice Presidential candidate interacted with traditional leaders, traders, professional bodies, students, as part of her tour. Meanwhile, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang thanked the chiefs and people of Yankye Traditional Area for their warm reception.

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