Ghanaian President, Akufo-Addo apologizes to Nigeria over demolition of embassy

Ghanaian President, Akufo-Addo apologizes to Nigeria over demolition
President Buhari with H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo

…As Reps push for retaliation in opposition to Ghana

…Presidency mulls overseas coverage overview

…Ghanaian President orders investigation

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru & Tordue Salem, Abuja

The House of Representatives took the hardline posture in opposition to Ghana yesterday over the demolition of Nigeria’s High Commission in that nation, asking the federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari to invoke the diplomatic precept of reciprocity in opposition to Ghana.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, 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 that nation a number of days in the past.

The speaker in his opening remarks on the event, stated the assault on Nigeria by Ghana won’t have occurred with out the prior data of the Ghanaian authorities, stressing that the demolition, deserved a tricky response.

He stated:  “If Ghana has an issue and is approaching it by subterranean strikes, then what do you suppose the end result of the authorized continuing shall be? So I believe we should always pursue it from that angle; I believe we should always make it clear for the authorities in Ghana that Nigeria will not be going to take a seat down and fold its arms.

“Reciprocity is a authentic instrument in overseas relations. The doctrine of reciprocity is what needs to be thought-about.  The Nigerian state was attacked. I believe we should always take a look at this factor from the  premise that the Nigerian state was attacked.

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”It’s not a constructing that was demolished. No! The Nigerian state was attacked.  I believe if we take a look at it from that premise, we’ll start to know the significance and the gravity of what we’re coping with.”

Gbajabiamila frowned on the delicate diplomatic strategy the nation has adopted in responding to assaults on the nation and its residents overseas, and suggested {that a} new strategy be adopted.

“We have established a sample, and what we get(from different international locations that assault Nigeria), is apologies, and ‘we will look into it. I don’t suppose that ought to suffice at this level.

”We should put a cease to what has change into a perennial downside between Nigeria and Ghana. To me, it is a sibling rivalry between two sister international locations, however even in sibling rivalry, there’s a line you don’t cross, and so they(Ghana) simply crossed the road, albeit a second time,” he stated.

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

Onyeama, who disclosed that the federal government was contemplating a overview of Nigeria’s overseas coverage, stated:  “We have not got sufficient appreciation from other countries; we will have to sit down and take a decision to review our foreign policy.”

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

Meanwhile, the Presidency stated yesterday that President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana spoke with President Muhammadu Buhari, expressing his honest apologies for demolition of a constructing on the premises of Nigerian High Commission in Accra, Ghana.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in an announcement issued final night time, stated President Akufo-Addo in a phone name, advised President Buhari that he has directed full investigation into the incident.

“Earlier in the day, it further emerged that some suspects had been arrested, and will be arraigned in court,” the assertion learn.


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