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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Buhari In The Eye Of The Storm As Ghana Locks Nigerian Shops

Delegations of National Association of Nigerian Traders in Ghana (NANTS) and Nigerian Union of Traders Association, Ghana (NUTAG) on Tuesday stormed Abuja, the nation’s capital to protest against continuous locking of over 400 Nigerian shops in Ghana by the Ghanaian authority.
A protest petition which was addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari was received by Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora in Abuja.
Presenting the petition, Barrister Ken Ukaoha, NANTS President-General, lamented that the discrimination against Nigerian traders in Ghana dated back to 2007 when they were subjected to paying exorbitant taxes geared towards ruining their businesses.

According to him, the Ghanaian authorities passed a law which compels all foreigners to have a minimum of $300,000 USD in 2007 and later increased it to $1 million USD in 2018 as minimum capital to start a business in Ghana.
He opined that Nigerian traders were specifically targeted as over 400 shops belonging to Nigerians were locked up since July 27, 2018 till date despite their various appeals to the appropriate authorities.
Ukaoha said under ECOWAS protocol which Ghana was a signatory, Nigerians should not be branded as foreigners but a community citizen as long as they are carrying ECOWAS passport.
Regrettably, he said a Nigerian, Mrs Stella Upaleke, had committed suicide, because of the huge bank debts the closure had caused her and still in the mortuary in Ghana.
He said despite the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari who took up the matter with his Ghanaian counterpart, President Nana Akufo-Addo on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York, with a promise that the shops will be re-opened, they have remained shut down.
“The diplomatic relations between the two countries is being threatened with this Ghana behaviour as they are playing politics with means of livelihood of Nigerians in Ghana.
“We have over two million Ghanaians in Nigeria and Nigeria has been treating them well. We had petitioned the National Assembly and ECOWAS on this matter as law abiding citizen who didn’t want to take laws into our hands’’, he said.
Corroborating, Chief Emeka Nnaji, President of NUTAG said that Nigerian goods worth billions of dollars are being locked up with sizeable number of it as perishable.
“We are living in palpable fear in Ghana as they are after our lives. We were beaten and tortured in Ashante region while incredible taxes are imposed on us in order to cripple our businesses’’, he lamented.
Dabiri-Erewa while responding on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari commended them for the mature way the matter was handled and assured them of delivering the petition to the President.
Dabiri-Erewa in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Wednesday by her Media Assistant, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, while responding, said she was worried that despite the assurance of President Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana to President Muhammadu Buhari that the shops will be re-opened, and despite an instruction to reopen the shops on Sept 27, the shops still remain closed.
She said, “Let me advise you to continue to be good ambassadors of Nigeria despite provocation. Don’t even think about retaliation as Ghanaians are our brothers”.
The Presidential aide, who commiserated with the family of the deceased Nigerian trader who committed suicide, led others to observe a minute of silence in honour of the deceased.



Aligba Jerry T

Ghana Is wicked... Seal their Shops here in Nigeria Period!.

Philomina Nwankwo

Leadership should wake up and put things right before we lost another person.

Olugbenga Onasoga

Why dnt dey just come home n invest n leave dem to suffer?most of our products make der country great.let us develop our own first

Ozaveshe Balogun

I do not blam Ghana at all....for now their economy is far better than Nigeria's . imagine that $1 is around N360 and in Ghana $1 is just about 4.5 Ghanaian cedi. Can you see d big difference. See small Ghana wen nor even big pass Ibadan.

Jerry Maka

👏 not talk

Ozaveshe Balogun

Ghana is working towards improving their economy and Nigeria is killing theirs due to currupt leaders.... I was nt surprised...very soon, Nigeria will have to apply for visa be4 entry Ghana....

Ozaveshe Balogun

If Nigeria is good why will Nigerians go to Ghana to invest? This is what we get with bad leadership...! Ghana...I hail.....

Bussy Duro

I heard it's because a lady was killed, how are we sure is a Nigerian that killed her, besides shits happens and am sure its not the first time things like that will happen so now they are looking for a way. If they want Nigerian to go then their people here must go too.

Mallam Maduka Emeka

Hehehe did u say buhari in d eye of storm, wetin concern buhari? U guys better look for way toyl solve ur problems oo. Government doesnt care about anyone. We that in naija de never care for us finish,na dos in Ghana

Wonders Okpor

I'm not surprised... They have every right to do what they are doing, that's exactly what we did to them.... Matthew 7:1-3....
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