Demolition: Rep rejects Ghanaian’ apology, calls for reciprocation

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The House of Representatives has rejected the Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo’s apology on the demolition of buildings of the Nigerian Embassy in Accra, while asked Nigeria to reciprocate the demolition which the parliament described as an attack on the country.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep Femi Gbajabiamila disclosed this while responding to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Goeffrey Onyeama on the claimed apology tendered to Nigeria by Ghana, the Speaker stated that Nigeria must reciprocate the attack on its sovereignty by Ghana.

According to him, “We all have the responsibility to make sure that we uphold, very simply, the honour and glory of the country we serve. Honourable minister, let me commend you for your efforts so far; what you’ve done and what you’ve been doing.

“I think we should look at this thing from the premise that the Nigerian state was attacked. It was not a building that was demolished, no; the Nigerian state was attacked. I think if we look at it from that premise, we will begin to understand or underscore the importance or gravity of what we are dealing with”, he said.

He added that in terms of immunity and inviolability, in terms of diplomacy, it also extends to property. “We are not just talking about the states. It is trite that the embassy of any country is actually the state, a sovereign location in that, particularly foreign country. That is why if there is any problem in Nigeria today, all the Americans will run to the American Embassies to seek shelter because you cannot even move near there.

“So, from that point of view, we need to address this in that context that Nigeria was attacked. I’m not interested in the land dispute, it is not an ordinary land dispute. It is not! It has now metamorphosed into dispute between two countries, not by landowners.”

The Speaker said if it were the United States’ embassy that was demolished in Ghana, “do we think the US would be talking about apology or will look into it? The US and the United Kingdom would not have taken it lightly with Nigeria if their embassies were tampered with in Nigeria”.

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