The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has condemned the closure of shops owned by Nigerian citizens in Ghana.
The senator who described the action as very disturbing, stated this on Sunday in a statement in Abuja by his Media adviser, Uchenna Awom, titled, “Closure of Nigerians shops in Ghana, disturbing – Abaribe.”
He stated in part: “The action of Ghanaian authorities against nationals of other countries particularly targeting Nigerians, indicated an official endorsement of xenophobic attacks.”
“The authorities in that country need to prove us wrong by putting a halt to further closure of the shops and attacks on Nigerians in compliance with the Economic Community of West African Countries protocol.”
“What’s the point of having an economic community if, at the end of the day, each country resolves to make laws and regulations that are in contradiction with the binding protocol.”
“This is quite absurd as it negates the spirit that propelled the formation of ECOWAS in the first place.”
The senator, therefore, urged ECOWAS to address the issue as Ghana’s action is in violation of ECOWAS protocol, particularly the issue of free trade and movement among the peoples of the West African sub-region.