Presidency Decries Continued Closure Of Nigerian Shops In Ghana
President Muhamadu Buhari of Nigeria and Ghana’s Akufo-Addo.
Image: NAN/Concise News

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Abike Dabiri-Erewa has lamented the closure of some Nigerian shops in Ghana.

Concise News had reported that over 400 Nigerian shops were recently closed by Ghanaian authorities, leading to protests by the Nigerian traders.

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Dabiri-Erewa has however rued the continued closure of the shops inspite of assurances from Ghana over the issue.

She spoke in Abuja recently when the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) visited her.

“I am surprised that after the announcement of President of Ghana on the reopening of the locked shops, they still remained under lock up till now,” she said.

“The president of Ghana paid a courtesy call on our president during the UN General Assembly in New York and he assured him that Nigerian traders were not being targeted.

“When they said foreigners, he assured that Nigerians were not the target; and since that time which was on Sept. 27, I am very surprised that as at today over 400 shops were still under lock in Ghana.”

She further assured them that “the matter will be resolved between the two presidents and will be treated as ECOWAS matter.

“I know it is not only Nigerians that are affected but other ECOWAS nationals as well but I know that Nigerians are the largest.

“On behalf of the government I advised and urge to remain calm because this is an ECOWAS matter and we cannot be doing this to ourselves.”