Ahead of the celebration of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary tomorrow, the Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria (PAN) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, to consider the immediate evacuation of frustrated and stranded Nigerian traders in Ghana whose businesses were recently clamped down by the host government.
A statement from the group said the appeal has become increasingly necessary following the rising cases of frustrations, biting hunger and impoverishment, sad feelings of grave abandonment, among others, being faced by affected Nigerian traders in Ghana.
“The Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria is greatly disturbed by this development which has the potential for unlawful resorts to either self-help or recourse to unpatriotic lifestyles capable of tarnishing the good image of our country.
“This passionate appeal to Mr. President is equally reinforced by the conclusive fact that the issue of the Ghana Investment Promotion Act (865) under which premise our law-abiding compatriots in Ghana were, and are being subjected to several xenophobic and dehumanizing conditions and treated as slaves; is by all evidence and manifest just a cover to sack Nigerians in Ghana.
“It is no longer news that as things stand today from clear body language of the Ghanaian government that Ghana no longer want Nigerians in their country.
“Having been working closely with the federal government through the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, towards finding a lasting solution to this lingering impasse, the Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria is disappointed that all diplomatic measures taken so far with respect to this matter have not yielded the desired results,” it added.
However, the PAN believes that while the diplomatic engagements continue, the immediate evacuation of these victims from Ghana would be the best and most appropriate nationalistic step to take at this material moment.