By Shola Akingboye – 23rd June 2020
The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has tendered an unreserved apology to his Nigerian counterpart, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, over the demolition of a section of the building hosting the Nigerian mission in Ghana.
This was revealed through a statement made available to newsmen by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, in Abuja on Tuesday, 23 June, 2020.
The Ministry informed that the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo called President Muhammadu Buhari, on the phone, Tuesday, to express his sincere regrets and apology for the demolition of a building on the premises of the Nigerian High Commission in Accra, Ghana, says he had directed a full investigation of the unfortunate incident.
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Meanwhile, some suspects linked to the demolition had been arrested and to be arraigned in court according to reports from Ghana. The Nigerian government has since called on Nigerians home and abroad to remain calm despite the highly provocative attack.
Reports had it that a businessman who claimed ownership of the land housing the Nigerian mission reportedly moved with security personnel to demolish some portion of the staff quarters.
It will be recalled that the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Geoffrey Onyeama, in response to the attacks on the residential building in the Nigerian diplomatic premises in Accra, Ghana was earlier quoted thus:
-“We have registered a strong condemnation of the attacks which was clearly unjustified. Furthermore, this was a clear violation of the principles of the Vienna Convention which regulate the diplomatic relations between countries.”
“This was a non state actor that was involved; it was not the government and not government sanctioned.”
“We have engaged with the highest level authority in Ghana. Today, the Foreign Minister of Ghana, H.E. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey and the officials of the Nigerian High Commission in Accra, Ghana went to the land registry, it appears that there are some people who are claiming legitimate title over the piece of the land.”
“The message I received directly from the Ghanaian Foreign Minister was that everything will be settled and the Ghanaian President had directed for a very severe action to be taken against those who were responsible for the demolition including immediate arrest and will as well give an official statement. We await the official and formal response from the Ghanaian government.”
“It is an evolving story and I will keep the country informed as we go forward and unravel this most unfortunate incident.” Onyeama earlier stated.