Demolition: Ghana Tenders Apology As Reps Demands Retaliatory Measures

 Demolition: Ghana Tenders Apology As Reps Demands Retaliatory Measures

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Ado has apologised to Nigeria over the demolition of the Nigerian High Commission building in Accra.

The Ghanaian President tendered his apology during a telephone conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.

Details of the phone conversation were contained in a statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.

The statement reads: “President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, on Tuesday, spoke with President Muhammadu Buhari, expressing his sincere apology for demolition of a building on the premises of Nigerian High Commission in Accra, Ghana.”

“In a telephone call, the Ghanaian leader told President Buhari that he had directed full investigation into the incident.”

“Earlier in the day, it further emerged that some suspects had been arrested, and will be arraigned in court.”

However, the House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila has said Nigeria needs to take appropriate measures against Ghana on the incident.

The Speaker, who spoke at a meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama, said the High Commission or Embassy of a country is an extension of its territory and sovereignty, hence, the Accra attack and demolition constituted a direct attack on Nigeria as a sovereign nation.

He said: “We all have a responsibility to make sure that we uphold the honour and integrity of the country that we serve. The minister has explained what happened and what they (Ghanaian authorities) have done or are doing. But I think we should look at it from the premise that it was the Nigerian State that was attacked, not just a building.”

“In terms of visibility and otherwise of the property, I want to say that it is trite to understand that all countries exist through their embassies or high commissions in other countries. So, for that reason, Nigeria was attacked by Ghana because if anything happens in Ghana, it’s the Nigerian High Commission that Nigerians will run to and get protection due to the diplomatic immunity that it should enjoy.

“So, let’s face it. If the American Embassy was demolished, do you think the United States would be asking for apologies and indemnity; or the United Kingdom (UK), Canada or any other Western country? They won’t ask for an apology.”

The House of Representatives Speaker further called on the federal government to handle the issue accordingly in the interest of the image and sovereignty of Nigeria.

“This diminishes Nigeria as a state because it’s not a land dispute between Nigeria and any individual, but a diplomatic dispute between Nigeria and Ghana, which should be handled accordingly, because the person who did this did it under the cover of their law,” he added.

It would be recalled a businessman, reportedly accompanied by armed policemen, stormed the Nigerian High Commission last weekend with bulldozers and destroyed structures under construction within the premises.

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