Ghana High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Rashid Bawa, has declared as untrue, the recent statement credited to Nigeria’s former President, Goodluck Jonathan, which had it that Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo, mocked the poor State of security in Nigeria as well as the weakening status of the Naira.
The Ghanaian Envoy to Nigeria, made this know at a Media briefing in Abuja .
You would recall, that former President Jonathan at the inauguration of the first bridge built by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State in Ado Ekiti last weekend, said, he is ashamed that Nigeria is now being used as negative example in the international community, citing the speech of Ghanaian President, were he mocked the poor State of security in Nigeria.
Amb. Rashid Bawa, while reacting to the statement, said that the former President, took the words of President Akufo-Addo completely out of context.
He said “Indeed, in the speech delivered by President Akufo-Addo at the Oxford African Conference, one of the instances used by former President Goodluck Jonathan, these are the exact words of President Akufo-Addo:
“For most of you in the audience today, it is probably before your time, but in the late 1970s up to the mid-1980s, as a result of the discovery of considerable petroleum deposits, Nigeria was booming.
“It was the place to be. We Ghanaians, who were going through very difficult times then, would arrive at Heathrow airport, and be herded into a cage to be subjected to the full third degree by Immigration, and we would look on as our Nigerian cousins would be waved through, with a ‘welcome sir’ and a ‘welcome madam’.
“The newspaper headlines in this country were full of Nigerians leaving or forgetting bundles of money in taxis and telephone booths. Nigerians were the preferred tenants for those who had apartments to let. You could stop by any Thomas Cook shop on any High Street in this country and buy or sell Naira, the Nigerian currency, and you could do the same in New York, and I suspect in many other Western country cities” he noted.
He further said, “I do not need to spell out today’s reality to anyone in this audience. I cite this just to make the point that the “the outside world” is well able to tell that there are separate sovereign nations on the African continent. But, when the news is not good, then Africa is treated as one entity.”
Amb. Rashid, also reacted to the statement made by Former President Jonathan, that Ghana is not Nigeria where cattles can roam about anyhow, saying his country’s President can never make such statement.
According to him “President Akufo-Addo, in many of the speeches he has made in Nigeria and elsewhere, since becoming President of Ghana, has described Nigeria as “a country I describe as my second home in the world”, and will never use Nigeria to make negative examples, as the former President Goodluck Jonathan sought to portray.
“President Akufo-Addo enjoys a very good relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari, as he has with many other Nigerian leaders. Ghana and Nigeria are like siblings, and it would be most inappropriate, because of politics, for anyone, regardless of his or her status in society, to try to sow seeds of discord amongst the leadership and peoples of our two countries” he ended.