Ghana Responds to Alleged Hostilities, Harassment of Nigerians

Nigeria and Ghana have engaged in diplomatic rows owing to the demolition and seizure of buildings belonging to the Nigeria embassy in the country. The crisis was however heightened with reports of the closure of shops owned by Nigerians in Ghana and multiple cases of alleged harassment.

According to This Day, Ghana has defended the U.S.$1 million levy imposed on Nigerian traders, saying the fee relates solely to persons who are not citizens, but want to engage in retail trade or trading activities, which are otherwise restricted exclusively to Ghanaians. It also called attention to the closing of Nigeria's border and it's restrictions on jobs, saying it impacted the region negatively.

The Ghanaian government said it remains committed to the maintenance of warm relations with all sister nations, particularly with Nigeria, and would proceed with a view to resolving any matter that had the potential to sour relations between the two countries.

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