The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has described the attack on Nigerians in Ghana as xenophobia.
WuzupNaija reports that the recent attacks on Nigerians in Ghana became rife in the past few days as some Ghanaian media outlets increased media attack on Nigerians labeling them as criminals.
Some youths were also reported to have raided spare parts shops owned by Nigerians at the Suame Magazine Industrial Enclave in Kumasi on Wednesday.
Nigerian traders at the market hurriedly closed their shops after indigenous Ghanaian spare parts dealers protested against the continuous operation of foreigners in the retail trade.
About 50 shops belonging to Nigerian spare parts dealers were locked up by agitated Ghanaians who said they would not sit down for foreigners to flout the laws governing retail marketing in Ghana.
Normalcy was said to have been restored to the market after the Ashanti Regional Police Command deployed its personnel to the market with an assurance of protection for the Nigerian traders.
In an interview with Ghanaian broadcast station JoyTV on Wednesday, Dabiri-Erewa warned that the ill-treatment of Nigerians in Ghana could adversely affect the diplomatic ties between the two West Africa countries.
She shared a snippet of the interview on her verified Twitter handle @abikedabiri on Thursday morning.
“What you are doing actually is xenophobia,” she told her Ghanaian interviewer.
“And I’m telling you it will not augur well for Africa. We shouldn’t go back to the dark days. We should look at working together and building our continent. What you are doing is xenophobia and I tell you remember in South Africa it affected everybody, even Ghana. So if you want to go back to those days it’s a sad commentary for Africa,” Dabiri-Erewa said.
— Abike Dabiri-Erewa (@abikedabiri) June 20, 2019