The government of Ghana has agreed to build the Nigeria High Commission that was destroyed by its citizens, Ghana, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, revealed in a post on social media.
According to him, the Ghanaian government has also promised to surrender the property as well as all documents relating to it.
Gbajabiamila published this on his official social media pages yesterday where he revealed that the promise was protected through a telephone conversation he had with the Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament, Rt. Hon. Aaron Mike Oquaye, on Thursday.
The Ghanaian Speaker had assured Speaker Gbajabiamila that the government would work with their executive to ensure the matter is settled diplomatically.
his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, revealed that the Speaker, who conveyed sadness at the demolition of the embassy system had vowed to take the issue up with his Ghanaian counterpart.
His words on his Twitter page read, “Yesterday (Thursday) I had a good and constructive discussion with His Excellency Rt. Hon. Aaron Mike Oquaye, Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament. He comforted me of the respect and regard the people of Ghana have for Nigeria.
“He stated the Ghanaian government is taking the demolition with all seriousness and has taken the following actions: firstly, Perpetrators have been arrested and the investigation is ongoing; secondly the Property will be ceded and all documents handed over to Nigeria under the Compulsory Acquisition Act of Ghana; thirdly the destroyed High Commission quarters will be rebuilt by the government of Ghana”.
According to Gbajabiamila, his Ghanaian companion stated firmly that “Ghana will not allow anyone to peril the thick and long relationship between our two countries. Together, we will find bearable ways to rebuild good connections between our countries and unite our people in our united interest as Africans”.
Recall that the Speaker had guaranteed to take the case up with the Speaker of the Ghanaian government, while meeting with the Minister of Foreign of Affairs on Tuesday, June 24, at the National Assembly where he announced that the destruction of some part of the nation’s Embassy in Accra was an affront and abuse on the domination of the Nigerian nation.
Gbajabiamila communicated sadness at the demolition saying, “I think we should make it clear to the councils in Ghana that Nigeria is not going to sit down and fold its arms.”
“Attacks on Nigerians in other countries, particularly in other African countries have become a recurring decimal in the nation’s foreign policy attention, adding that many regions within Africa have taken the liberty of hurting Nigerians, while Nigeria looks the other way in the name of brotherhood.
“We all have a duty to make sure that we uphold the honour and integrity of the country that we assist. The minister has explained what happened and what they have done or doing. But I understand we should look at it from the belief that it was the Nigerian state that was assaulted, not just a building.
“In terms of vision and otherwise of the commodity, I want to say that it is trite to appreciate that all countries exist through their embassies in other countries. So for that reason, Nigeria was attacked by Ghana because if anything happens in Ghana, it’s the Nigerian Embassy that Nigerians will run to and get protection due to the diplomatic freedom that it should appreciate.”Click To Claim Your Point