HOSTILE attitudes towards Nigeria and Nigerians by the Republic of Ghana and Ghanaians have been on the regular rise in recent times. To beat again Nigerian merchants in Ghana, the Ghana Union of Trade Associations, GUTA, had pressured the federal government to make a regulation mandating any foreigner wishing to interact in commerce in Ghana to indicate proof of getting a deposit of US$300,000 in his or her firm account or items equal to that quantity in inventory.
Based on this laws which ignores the revised ECOWAS protocol on free commerce and integration of markets, Nigerian merchants have been particularly focused for shutdowns, harassments and evictions. Ghanaians have additionally been on the verge of levying xenophobic assaults, particularly on Nigerians despite the sisterly historic ties between the 2 Anglophone West African nations.
The demolition, final weekend, of a residential constructing within the Nigerian High Commission in Accra was not solely a slap on the face of Nigeria but in addition a gross violation of Article 22 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. It regards a overseas mission’s property in any nation as inviolable and should not be entered by anybody with out permission. Nigeria and Ghana, of their official reactions, have affirmed this a lot.
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Apparently, the lease on the land on which the property was erected had expired and relatively than full preparations to resume it, the Nigerian authorities went forward to construct residential buildings on it. The alleged house owners linked to the Osu Traditional authority in Accra, got here with a detachment of armed safety officers and bulldozers and knocked down the buildings. Efforts by Nigerian officers to alert the authorities failed till the aggressors had accomplished their mission.
We condemn this act of bare aggression on Nigeria’s territory and put the blame squarely on the doorpost of the Nigerian and Ghanaian governments. The Nigerian authorities thought Ghana was like Nigeria the place authorities does because it needs and ignores the principles of engagement just because it has state powers. Ghana additionally, in a present of worldwide lawlessness and irresponsibility, regarded the opposite approach whereas this act was perpetrated.
We discover the Ghana authorities’s description of the non-public aggressors as “unknown and unidentified persons” absurd and unacceptable. The Minority Parliament of Ghana has affirmed that the demolition was “carried out under the full protection of state security”. The authorities of Ghana should bear full accountability for this ugly incident.
We, nevertheless, don’t imagine that reprisal actions, as advocated in a number of quarters, is the appropriate strategy to deal with the problem. The two governments ought to work collectively to unravel the matter and punish the perpetrators, whereas Ghana rebuilds the edifice at its personal price.
African nations should emulate the Europeans and Asians in forging progressive and productive relationships.