The Presidency has made it clear that Nigeria will not engage in a street fight with Ghana over demolition of some apartments under construction in the Nigerian embassy in Ghana’s capital, Accra.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a chat with newsmen today, June 24, at the presidential villa, Abuja, said that both leaders will resolve the issue diplomatically.
“The President of Ghana has called and regretted the action and apologised to the President of Nigeria. I think he has shown leadership in the matter and what should Nigeria do; these are two leading countries in West Africa.
“Nigeria will not engage in a street fight with Ghana. This cannot happen. So, the two leaders, especially President Muhammadu Buhari, who is much respected in Africa, they all call him ‘Baba’ (Father), so he is bound to show restraint.
“Matters such as this when they arise, it is always better when they arise, they should be resolved diplomatically. No, there shouldn’t be a fight between Nigeria and Ghana, this will not happen.”
It would be recalled that President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, had yesterday, June 23, called President Muhammadu Buhari on phone, to tender sincere apologies for demolition of a building on the premises of Nigerian High Commission in Accra, Ghana.
Akufo-Addo had informed President Buhari that he had directed full investigation into the incident.