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Embassy Demolition: Reps seek retaliation, say Ghana crossed line

Embassy Demolition

By Tordue Salem, Abuja

The House of Representatives took the hardline on Tuesday, asking the federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari to invoke the diplomatic precept of reciprocity in opposition to Ghana, in response to the demolition of Nigeria’s Embassy constructing in that Country.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila spoke on behalf of the Green Chamber, at an interactive session with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyema over the breach of the nation’s sovereignty in Ghana just a few days in the past.

The Speaker in his opening remarks on the event, mentioned the assault on Nigeria by Ghana, might not have occurred with out the prior information of the Ghanaian authority, and the motion of demolition, deserved a troublesome response.

“If Ghana has an issue and is approaching it via subterranean strikes, then what do you assume the result of the authorized continuing, shall be? So I feel we must always pursue it from that angle; I feel we must always make it clear; I feel we must always make it clear for the authorities in Ghana, that Nigeria is just not going to sit down down and fold its arms.

“Reciprocity is a legitimate instrument in foreign relations. The doctrine of reciprocity is what should be considered”, he suggested.

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According to him, “The Nigerian State was attacked. I think we should look at this thing from the premise that the Nigerian State was attacked. It’s not a building that was demolished. No! The Nigerian State was attacked; I think if we look at it from that premise, we will begin to understand the importance and the gravity of what we are dealing with”, he mentioned additional.

The Speaker frowned on the comfortable diplomatic method the nation has adopted, in responding to assaults on the nation and its residents overseas, and suggested {that a} new method have to be adopted.

“We have established a pattern, and what we get(from other countries that attack Nigeria), are apologies, and ‘we will look into it. I don’t think that should suffice at this point. We must put a stop to what has become a perennial problem between Nigeria and Ghana. To me, this is a sibling rivalry, between two sister countries, but even in sibling rivalry, there is a line you don’t cross, and they(Ghana) just crossed the line, albeit a second time”, he mentioned.

In his response, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Onyema, agreed with the House that the assault on the Embassy was stunning.

He additionally disclosed that the federal government was contemplating a assessment of Nigeria’s international coverage.

According to him, “We have not got sufficient appreciation from other countries; we will have to sit down and take a decision, to review our foreign policy”.

The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Yusuf Buba(APC-Adamawa), at whose occasion the assembly was convened, agreed with the Speaker {that a} robust response was obligatory in responding to the assault on the nation by Ghana.

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