The Minority in Ghana’s Parliament has said it is “appalled and deeply embarrassed” at the bulldozing of a property belonging to the Nigerian High Commission in Accra under the cover of darkness on 19 June 2020.
The Minority said it condemns, in no uncertain terms, “this totally reckless act of aggression, which violates international law and gravely undermines Ghana’s longstanding diplomatic relations with Nigeria.”
The Minority further stated that it is “disgusted” at a statement issued by Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Ministry dated 20 June 2020 which states that the perpetrators are unidentified and unknown to the authorities, “when by all eyewitness accounts, the demolition was carried out under the full protection of state security.We hope the Foreign Affairs Ministry is not laying the foundation for a grand cover-up. We hereby serve notice that the Minority shall resist any such attempt.”
The Minority, in a statement signed by Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Ranking Member, Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, noted that the government must not underestimate the implications of this “reckless act of unprovoked aggression not only for Ghana-Nigeria relations but also the negative reverberations in larger diplomatic quarters.”
The Minority, therefore, is calling for an independent public inquiry to thoroughly unearth the facts with the view of bringing the perpetrators to justice.
While expressing their solidarity and sympathies with the Nigerian community, the Minority urged calm, particularly, between the citizenry of both nations “as we step up efforts in demanding justice. There must be no reprisal action which would only exacerbate the already volatile situation.”