- Spiritual leader, Satguru Maharaj Ji, has faulted the deportation of 723 Nigerians by the Ghanaian government
- According to Maharaj Ji, we all have rights to live in all African countries
- The Ghanaian president, Akufo-Addo, was asked to retract the action and tender an apology to the federal government
Satguru Maharaj Ji, founder of the One Love Family sect, has asked the president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, to apologise to the Nigerian government over the deportation of 723 Nigerians over sundry allegations.
The Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Michael Abikoye, had disclosed the deportation. He said that 723 Nigerians were deported on alleged illegal stay, cybercrime and prostitution between the January 2018 and January 2019.
Expressing his displeasure, Maharaj Ji said the country is yet to get over the xenophobic attack in South Africa and now its citizens are being deported from Ghana, Vanguard reports.
He said: "It is sad that another discriminative act against Nigerians living abroad has been perpetrated again. We are just getting over the issue of xenophobia in South Africa. And now, Nigerians living peacefully in Ghana have been deported.”
Noting that we all have rights to live in all African countries, Maharaj Ji asked the Ghanaian president to revisit the AU and ECOWAS conventions signed previously. He further advised Akufo-Addo to immediately retract the action.
The spiritual leader, however, cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari not to retaliate. According to him, this could cause problems between the two countries and the citizens would suffer the consequences.
Maharaj Ji faulted the foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, and the senior special assistant to the president on diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, for their inability to foresee the deportation and liaise with the Ghanaian government to prevent the act.
He further advised Buhari to query the both of them.
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Legit.ng had reported that the Nigerian high commissioner to Ghana had earlier protested against the inhuman treatment of Nigerians by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to Nigerians between 2018 and 2019.
Speaking at a meeting between him and the comptroller-general of GIS, Kwame Takyi, in Ghana, Abikoye protested the deportation of 723 Nigerians within the period.
According to him, 81 Nigerians were deported on alleged cybercrime and illegal stay in January, while 115 have so far been deported in February on the allegation of overstay and prostitution.
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