- The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has arrived in Ghana on a diplomatic mission
- Gbajabiamila announced his arrival via his Twitter account on Wednesday, September 2
- The Nigerian lawmaker was welcomed by the speaker of the Ghanian parliament, Prof Mike Oquaye
Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the House of Representatives has arrived in Ghana to resolve the issues arising from the $1m levy imposed by the country on traders from Nigeria.
Gbajabiamila announced his arrival via his Twitter account on Wednesday, September 2.
The Nigerian lawmaker was received by the speaker of the Ghanian Parliament, Prof Mike Oquaye on his arrival.
"Initial meeting with my host the Speaker of the Ghanian Parliament who met me at the airport Hon Prof Mike Oquaye. We will meet again this evening," Gbajabiamila tweeted.
Meanwhile, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has reacted to the recent closure of shops belonging to Nigerian citizens in Ghana, describing it as a clear case of xenophobia.
According to This Day, Abaribe stated that the latest acts by the Ghanaian authorities against Nigerian traders were criminal and very disturbing.
The Senate minority leader who disclosed this on Sunday, August 23, in a release by his spokesman, Uchenna Awom, said the action of Ghana taken against nationals of other countries points to an endorsement of xenophobic attacks.
In another report, following the treatment of Nigerian traders in Ghana recently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken a very drastic measure as a way of ensuring lasting solutions.
On his Twitter page on Wednesday, August 19, the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, announced that the federal government has recalled the nation's envoy to the West African country and that of the gold coast to Nigeria for consultations.
Nigerians have called on the federal government to take a firm stand in reaction to the poor treatment of Nigerians in Ghana.
However, the Ghanian authorities have denied maltreating Nigerian citizens.
According to Premium Times, Ghanian authorities in a detailed letter insisted that it remains committed to the maintenance of warm relations with Nigeria. Kojo Nkrumah, the Ghanaian information minister said the issues raised by Nigerians are not reflective of the situation in Ghana.
He said no Nigerian trader has been arrested, adding that the closure of shops was because of infractions on Ghanaian laws.
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