Abaribe describes closure of Nigerians’ shops in Ghana as xenophobic action
Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate Minority Leader, has accused Ghanaian government of carrying out xenophobic acts against Nigerians.
The remarks by Abaribe came through a statement in Abuja on Sunday by his spokesman, Uchenna Awom.
The Ghanaian officials have in recent time closed shops belonging to many Nigerian traders in Accra over what they described as $1million equity, stipulated by the Ghana Investment Promotions Council.
Abaribe in the statement asked Ghana to “prove us wrong by putting a halt to further closure of the shops and attacks on Nigerians in compliance to the Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS) protocol”.
While accusing Ghana of willful denigration of sub-regional brotherhood and one that is in clear conflict with ECOWAS protocol, he further stated, “So 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”.
In conclusion he urged ECOWAS to address Ghana’s behavior and its far-reaching implications, particularly the issue of free trade and movement of people in West Africa.