Trending on all news platforms across social media since last week is the demolition of Nigeria's High Commission Building in Accra, Ghana. The conduct from the west African country was cruel, and a breach on diplomatic ties according to the international laws binding both countries.
In recent times, Ghana have shown to Nigeria and Nigerians multiple times that they can do as they pleased in their country without minding what the international and ECOWAS laws says about peaceful coexistence and the drive to make African nations one.
They have manhandled Nigerian traders and businessmen, locked down their places of doing businesses just to urge their government to implement the law which prohibits foreigners from engaging in retail business unless the foreigner has a total sum of $300,000 cash, or worth of merchandise......even though they are in other countries doing same retail business without been bothered.
The recent demolition of the Nigeria's high commission building have sparked outrage between citizens of both countries with some condemning the act, while others commending the act that due process needs to be followed before erecting any structure on any piece of land in Accra, the capital city of Ghana.
In Ghana, lands are being owned by community chiefs and families, and not the government. In fact, government have no say when it comes to land issues in Ghana according to some Ghanaian citizens on Facebook. Unlike in Nigeria where government can easily get a piece of land to erect a government property. Tho the land was on leased to Nigeria which has expired and needed to be renewed according to the OSU community chiefs
The OSU community chiefs who spareheaded the demolition of the Nigerian building told news correspondent that all efforts to get to the appropriate authorities for the contract of the leased land to be renewed proved abortive. Instead, the commission went ahead to erect another building on the land which prompted the demolition.
Though the president of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo, has apologized to the Nigerian government and her people for the gross misconduct and breach on diplomatic ties by the OSU Chiefs and the land owners.
But what seems not to be too clear is that former president Olusegun Obasanjo had paid some undisclosed amount of money in Ghana currency to the then government of Ghana for that piece of land during his tenure in office as the Nigerian President. And the case of that same land which was previously in court was withdrawn.
What was that money for? I believe paper work was made in this regard and government stamps, and signatures from both parties were impeded on it. Where is the paper? If the OSU community feels that they have a case, why not go to law court instead of taking laws into their hands? Where were they when the building was been erected in the first place?
There are so many questions that needs to be answered. Somebody is not saying the truth, or someone somewhere is trying to play a very smart one on the others. As far as I am concerned, I think special investigations needs to be carried out and that someone needs to be fished out for questioning. Below are screenshots of some of the replies from Nigerians and Ghanaians on Facebook.
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