Olu-Omo of Yorubaland in Ghana, Mashood Mustapha breaks silence on Nigeria-Ghana Trade dispute, calls for an amicable settlement.
Hon. Mashood Mustapha, a former Federal Lawmaker of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC) made this call in a statement released to the media on Friday, September 4, 2020.
The Statement reads:
“As the Olu- Omo of Yorubaland in Ghana, I wish to appeal to Nigerians resident in Ghana and the host Country to amicably resolve their trade disputes in a mutually acceptable manner.
“Nigeria and Ghana have long term trade interest and various common political and cultural heritages as far back as the early sixties which needs to be sustained.
“We have a lot in common with Ghana. For instance, the immediate past President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama is related to Offa community in Kwara State, Nigeria. Most Nigerians see Ghana as their second home and vice-versa. Hence, the need for the two countries to be each other’s brothers’ keeper.
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“I commend the maturity demonstrated by the two countries in handling the matter so as to guide against the incident in South Africa during the period of xenophobic attack where Nigerians and some other foreign nationals were senselessly killed and their properties destroyed.
” I also want to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for sending a powerful delegation to Ghana led by the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila to find a permanent and lasting solution to the ongoing trade dispute between the two nations. Resolution of the trade dispute will further deepen the diplomatic relations between Nigeria and Ghana.
“I call for greater bilateral and trade ties that would guide against a repeat of the present perceived harsh trade crackdown between the two countries.
“I wish to also note that the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world calls for caution amongst Africa countries, especially, as it has to do with their bilateral trade relations. I urge neighbouring countries to form a united front to surmount the economic challenges presently ravaging the world.
“Nigeria and Ghana are the largest and second-largest economies in West Africa respectively. Moreso, Nigeria has been a very important source of investment in Ghana.
“I applaud the maturity so far displayed by Nigerians in Ghana, most especially, the traders as trade relations between the two countries are crucial. I wish to implore them to further demonstrate the peaceful togetherness Nigerians are known for at home and in the diaspora.
“I urge the Oba of Yoruba Community in Ghana, Oba Hamzat Peregrino Brimah to urgently organize a stakeholders’ meeting between the concerned citizens, the various traders’ associations and the government of Ghana to find a lasting solution to the impasse”, he said.
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