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Akufo-Addo Apologises To Buhari Over The Demolition Of Nigerian High Commission Building



The president of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has rendered an unqualified apology to his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari over the demolition of a property belonging to the Nigerian High Commission.

A press release by the official spokesperson to the Nigerian president, Shehu Garba explained that the Ghanaian leader made a phone call to Buhari in order to calm diplomatic tensions between the two west African neighbours.

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President Akufo-Addo also promised to launch a full investigation into the circumstances that led to the breaching of the security perimeter of the High Commission and subsequent demolition of an ongoing building project that was to house its staff.

It has also emerged that some people believed to have masterminded the demolition are in police custody helping investigators to unravel the whole unfortunate incident.

The president’s call is very timely to forestall any diplomatic fallout between the two countries as some Nigerians have also vowed to retaliate against Ghanaian interests in their country.

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The Nigerian community in Ghana has criticized their host government of creating tension between the Nigeria and Ghana, something which is described as having the tendency to disrupt the diplomatic ties between the two countries.

The two Anglophone countries have been enjoying almost four decades of close uninterrupted collaboration and mutual respect after their relationship was bruised on two major occasions.

Former Ghana’s leader, Kofi Abrefa Busia in 1971 sacked most Nigerians from the country after accusing them of not abiding by the country’s immigration laws.

Nigeria retaliated twelve years later when the Shehu Shagari government also deported Ghanaians who had sought economic refuge there.

A joint commission was set up in 1988 to foster good partnership between both countries. Since then there has been no issue of a diplomatic spat existing between them.