Abike Kafayat Oluwatoyin Dabiri-Erewa , Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Confirmed on Monday morning via zoom call on Channels TV, That 753 Nigerian Traders in Ghana have officially presented signed documents to the Nigerian Government for repatriation from Ghana.
She Lamented that one lady has committed suicide and the Nigerian Government will not take more risk on the traders. We are proud of them, they have committed no crime other than being good in their trades. We know nothing will happen before the Ghana election as they are using our people for politics.
The president cannot risk opening the shops despite meeting with the president of Nigeria and promised to open the shops. We know they may open it after elections but we cannot continue to allow them to subject our traders to grass in thier political fight “.
If they claimed it is because of the border closure by the Nigerian Government then they should also chase the big business and Nigerian banks in Ghana she said.
Asked about reciprocity, She said that is also on the table ” You can recall that when the South Africa issue happened and we returned our citizens, We immediately returned South African Citizens and flights that arrived in Nigeria and that worked, That is for the Foreign Minister to decide but I can tell you that option is on the table.
The Secretary of Association Of All Nigerian Communities (ANC Mr. Isaac Osahon Ekhator who was also on the show via zoom lamented the hypocritical approach by Ghana authorities on the issue. Mr. Isaac said Nigerian traders can not just be returned back without their investment or compensation as many of them have lived and invested in Ghana for decades. He commended the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana who helping with palliatives and mini financial support for these traders. He claimed Ghana people, in general, are not happy with the treatment of Nigerian Traders, but the election has to be won or lost.
Ghana Election is 7th December, The Nigerian Traders have insisted they must be evacuated before the elections.
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