The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, will visit on Wednesday visit Ghana for a meeting with his Ghanaian counterpart over alleged harassment of Nigerians in the West African country.
The Federal Government of Nigeria, last week, warned that it would no longer tolerate hostilities towards Nigerian residents in Ghana.
Nigeria’s Minister of Information minister, Lai Mohammed, recalled that Ghanaian officials seized a property in Accra, which the Nigerian government had used as diplomatic premises for almost 50 years.
Noting that between January 2018 and February 2019, no fewer than 825 Nigerians were deported from that country. He also lamented the “aggressive and incessant deportation of Nigerians from Ghana.”
In a counter statement, however, Ghana’s information minister, Kojo Nkrumah, said Mr Mohammed’s account was not accurate.
Mr Nkrumah added that the deportations were over criminal activities such as fraud, prostitution and armed robbery.
Meanwhile, Gbajabiamila, after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, told reporters that he will be meeting the Speaker of the parliament in Ghana on Wednesday “to look at the issues on ground, as it affects our citizens, and to try and calm things down and see if there’s a way forward.”
He added that the “legislative diplomacy” move is aimed to calm nerves and reach an amicable settlement of the disputes between the two countries.
Mr Gbajabiamila added:
We are just going to discuss in the spirit of African Parliaments and we will be looking at issues from time to time as they affect African countries and this is one of them.
We are two strong West African countries and there must be symbiosis, we must work together. You don’t get anything from working at cross-purposes or knocking heads together. We must, at all times, as Africans, work as best as possible together and that’s what this my trip is about.