- President Muhammadu Buhari and president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, met in New York, United States, on Thursday, September 27
- The two leaders, who met at the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly, discussed about attacks against Nigerian traders in Ghana
- Akufo-Addo said there was no intention to deliberately target Nigerians
President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana on Thursday, September 27, met with President Muhammadu Buhari and briefed the latter on the attacks against Nigerian traders in Ghana.
This was disclosed by President Buhari's special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, on Thursday, September 27.
Legit.ng gathers that the two leaders met in New York on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly, during which President Buhari expressed delight that the attacks were being decisively taken care of.
According to Adesina, the Ghanaian leader said there was no intention to deliberately target Nigerians, noting that it was all about complying with the rules that guide trading in the country.
President Akufo-Addo was quoted as saying: "I have met with the different groups, and have been reassured that there was no agenda to send anybody away. It is just that they needed to regularise their positions according to the trading laws of the country."
Adesina said Ghana’s minister of trade and industry, Alan Kyerematen, had issued a press statement on the matter.
The statement read: "The ministry of trade and industry wishes to inform the general public that the national committee on retail trade will continue to ensure that all businesses operating in the retail trade sector of Ghana are given the opportunity and support to regularise their operations and comply with the laws and regulations in the country.
"In this regard, all owners of the affected businesses and shops are requested to contact the relevant state institutions and agencies to regularise their operations as required by the various bodies under reference.
"The ministry takes this opportunity to assure the general public, particularly the international community, that there is no orchestrated action by government or any state institution targeted at Nigerian nationals or any particular foreign nationals."
President Buhari urged citizens of Nigeria and Ghana to comply with the laws, adding that both countries have a relationship that dates back in time.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nigerian traders at the Suame Magazine in Kumasi in the Ashanti region were allegedly attacked by Ghanaians who vowed to evict foreigners from the market.
The leaders of the Nigerian retailers at the Suame Magazine said their members were living in fear following what they called incessant attacks on them.
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