Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, says that Ghana’s action against Nigerians is a pointer of a xenophobic attack.
The lawmaker stated this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday by his Media Adviser, Uchenna Awom, saying that it is criminal of Ghanaians authorities to close the shops of Nigerians in Ghana.
Ghanaian officials had recently closed the shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Accra for allegedly failing to have the one million-dollar equity stated by the Ghana Investment Promotions Council.
Abaribe said: “The authorities in that country need to prove us wrong by putting a halt to further closure of the shops and attacks on Nigerians in compliance to the Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS) protocol.”
he minority leader further described as a willful denigration of sub-regional brotherhood and one that is in clear conflict with ECOWAS protocol, Ghana’s recent regulations, which stipulated that retail trade was the exclusive preserve of Ghanaians.
He said: “So what’s the point having an economic community if at the end of the day each country resolves to make laws and regulations that are in contradiction with the binding protocol.
“This is quite absurd as it negates the spirit that propelled the formation of ECOWAS in the first place.”