Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Nigeria’s Senate Minority Leader, has reacted to the closure of shops of Nigerians in Ghana by the authorities. He described the incident as “criminal and very disturbing.”
In a statement made by his Media Adviser, Uchenna Awom, Senator Abaribe said Ghana’s action against nationals of other countries, particularly Nigerians, points to state endorsement of xenophobic attacks.
“The authorities in that country needs 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”, he said.
The Minority Leader regrets and describes as a willful denigration of sub-regional brotherhood and one that is in clear conflict with ECOWAS protocol, Ghana’s recent regulations, which stipulates that retail trade is the exclusive preserve of Ghanaians.
“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”, Abaribe added.
The lawmaker, according to LEADERSHIP, urged ECOWAS to brace up and come clear in the prevailing circumstances to address the member-country behavior, and it’s far reaching implications in her protocol, particularly the issue of free trade and movement among the peoples of the West African sub-region.
He stated that, it is very unfortunate that Ghana, which hitherto has been enjoying a robust relationship with Nigeria, has in recent times been treating our people with so much contempt and undeserved reprehension.
The latest actions Abaribe added, calls to question their real intentions towards Nigeria and Nigerians, and this is despite the fact that Nigeria had through her foreign affairs Minister, reached an agreement with Ghana Investment Promotion Council on this matter.