Nigeria must reciprocate attack in Ghana – Gbajabiamila

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Members of house of representatives have reacted to the demolition of Nigeria’s high commission in Ghana.
According to Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, Nigeria has to reciprocate the gesture as it is a legitimate instrument in foreign policy.
Speaking when Geoffrey Onyema, minister of foreign affairs, appeared before the house committee on foreign affairs on Tuesday, Gbajabiamila said some African countries have done same but Nigeria always looks the other way because of “brotherhood”.

“Reciprocity is a legitimate instrument in foreign policy. And we can employ it, because if such had happened here in Nigeria, the individual will first approach the court to enforce his rights, and I want to believe that Ghana is a democratic country where laws apply, but this person didn’t use the law to do this. So it’s purely a predetermined attack on the Nigerian state, he said

“In terms of visibility and otherwise of the property, I want to say that it is trite to understand 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 high commission that Nigerians will run to and get protection due to the diplomatic immunity that it enjoys.

”Others may say that this is a sibling rivalry that is going on between Nigeria and Ghana, and we did nothing, but we must take a stand, because this has gone beyond court processes as the minister said.

“This diminishes Nigeria as a state because it’s not a land dispute between Nigeria and any individual, but a diplomatic dispute between Nigeria and Ghana, which should be handled accordingly, because the person who did this did it under the colour of their law.

“South Africa did it, we kept quiet; Ghana has done it, and still, we are not doing anything, but we want to show diplomatic maturity of asking for apology and claim damages. If this had happened to the British high commission in Ghana, all hell would have been let loose. I’m telling you this as a matter of fact.”

3 Comments

  1. See this one. U never deal with Boko Haram finish and u want face Ghana. They will deal with u militrily if u dare try it.

  2. Exactly sir
    This is an insult to the Nigeria state and there’s a need to reciprocate such attack. No matter what the ghannian claims, it can be followed with due process but he took laws into his hands an destroyed a building that has been dere for years
    Nigeria must Arise and address this

  3. You (our leaders) need to show concern about your citizens, let us know/feel that we’re one, stop the discrimination because “charity begins at home”. Our president needs to be proactive, he should not just sit down and be looking, we called ourselves giant of Africa but nothing to show for it, we didn’t enjoy home and do you expect them to respect us outside. #enoughisenough

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