The Executive Director, Center for Defence and Security, Yaro Kasambata is cautioning g Ghanaians against any attempt to attack Nigerians over recent reports of criminal activities associated to some Nigerians.
In a Facebook post, Mr. Kasambata said ‘’the growing xenophobic overtures is worrying, let’s stop it.’’
He recounted how some Nigerian spare parts dealers were attacked in Kumasi on Monday over alleged kidnapping.
He admonished the public to desist from taking the law into their own hands and allow the security agencies to deal with any suspected criminal case.
‘’Yesterday in Kumasi, twenty shops belonging to Nigerians were closed down bysome residents over the arrest of some Nigerians allegedly involved in the kidnappings of the Canadians. Let’s condemn this and discourage further action;
We don’t need citizens’s vigilantism in this matter. Ghana and Nigeria are brothers and even within our families not everyone is “correct” so let’s parry our emotions over the issue and leave the security agencies to deal with the culprits as individuals,’’ he wrote.
In his view, ‘‘our vigilance should be directed at “looking out” in our communities and passing useful information about suspicious behaviours to our security agencies.’’
He stressed on the need for Ghanaians to stop the attacks before it escalates.
‘’Please, let’s stop this now before it gets out hand. Let’s guard jealously our relationship with Nigeria.’’
Meanwhile, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Olufemi Michael Abikoye, has expressed worry over media reportage and commentary on crimes committed by Nigerians.
According to the High Commission, it is unfair for all Nigerians in Ghana to be branded criminals because some have been involved in the spate of crimes in the country.
” Suffice to say that at times like this, a situation where five (5) Ghanaians in company of three (3) Nigerians allegedly kidnapped two (2) Canadians but seems to enjoy wider press coverage as a crime committed by the Nigerians and considers Ghanaians only as accomplices leave much to be desired on the objectivity of such report. In the light of the above, the High Commission wishes to appeal to the local traditional media and social media to be highly circumspect in such reportage.
” In effect, the ongoing media trial of the criminals which was now being turned media trial of Nigeria as a country, calls for moderation on the part of media practitioners in Ghana. Moreover, such media trials could be seen as prejudicial to the outcome of the ongoing prosecution in court which sees them as innocent until proven guilty. On this note, the Nigeria lHigh Commission wishes to reiterate its stand that whoever commits crime and is found guilty must face the consequences of his/her action. On its part, the High Commission will continue to mobilize all Nigerians living in Ghana to obey the domestic laws. The High Commission is also in touch with all relevant host authorities with a view to amicably resolve the issue,” a statement signed by the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana Ambassador Olufemi Michael Abikoye said.
It further said: “This has become highly imperative in view of its larger implications on Nigerians living in Ghana and Ghanaians living in Nigeria as well. Moreover, the excellent relations that subsist between Nigeria and Ghana as maternal brotherly countries under His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari and his brother, President Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo can never be allowed to be jeopardized by Xenophobic tendencies over such intents”.