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FG warns Ghana, Togo against further attacks on Nigerians

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The Federal Government has cautioned against further attacks on Nigerians in Ghana and Togo, charging both countries to protect Nigerians the way their citizens are being protected in Nigeria.

The Chairman, Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said this on Sunday while addressing reporters at the Presidential Villa shortly after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

She said that the lives of every Nigerian matters to the Buhari-led government, hence the warning to the countries.

Dabiri-Erewa said, “Right now, we are dealing with the issue of attacking Nigerian traders in Ghana. We have the assurances of the President of Ghana through the high commission here and ours in Ghana that Nigerian traders will be protected.

“So we are also going to be emphasizing that the life of one Nigerian means a lot to us anywhere in the world.

“Of course we have the issue of Ghana, the professor whose appointment was terminated by his university because of the tape he released. Well, it turned out that he didn’t actually record, I mean that was a private meeting with Nigerians in Ghana, it was like a private discussion.

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“And he also claimed that part of the tape was actually doctored. The matter is being looked into by the Nigeria high commission in Ghana and I believed those matters will be resolved subsequently.”

The chairman said that the Togolese ambassador has also been contacted concerning attacks on Nigerians in the country.

Dabiri-Erewa added, “And the issues happening around neighbouring countries like Togo. In Togo, we have Nigerians attacked.

“We have also seen the Togolese ambassador and made it clear that the lives of Nigerians must be protected anywhere they are because we take care of others here and we deserve to be taken care of.

“If a Nigerian commits a crime, let him pay the penalty for it as a punishment, but you cannot penalise a nation and its citizens.

“So we will be working more on that as we appealed to Nigerians to be good ambassadors wherever they find themselves.”

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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