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Closure of Nigerians’ shops in Ghana endorsement of xenophobic attacks -Abaribe

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Closure of Nigerians’ shops in Ghana endorsement of xenophobic attacks -Abaribe

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Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has described the constant closure of shops belonging to Nigerians in Ghana as an official endorsement of xenophobic attacks by the authorities.

Senator Abaribe in a statement issued in Abuja by his Media Adviser, Uchenna Awom also labeled as “criminal and very disturbing”, the Ghana’s action against nationals of other countries particularly Nigerians.

“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 (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 stipulate 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,” he added.

Senator Abaribe accordingly urged ECOWAS to brace up and come clear in the prevailing circumstances to address the member-country behaviour 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.

It is very unfortunate he stated 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 underserved reprehension.

The latest actions Abaribe added calls to question their real intentions towards Nigeria and Nigerians, and this he continued was despite the fact that Nigeria had through her foreign affairs Minister, reached an agreement with Ghana Investment Promotion Council on this matter.

“And now they are reopening the matter. So what has changed? Nigeria I believe has done her best in the promotion of good neighbourlines, it is now Ghanas to reciprocate and allow our people in that country to carry out their legitimate businesses unhindered,” he added.

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