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Nigeria and Ghana’s leaders hold closed-door meeting

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari held a closed-door meeting with President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana on Sunday night, 20 September 2020, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The Personal Assistant on New Media to the Nigerian President, Bashir Ahmad, who confirmed the visit and meeting of the two leaders on his Twitter handle on Monday, 21 September 2020, did not give any details on what they discussed. Local media reports said that Ahmad only posted photographs of the two leaders leaving after the meeting.

It will be recalled that Akufo-Addo had told a Nigerian delegation, led by the Speaker of the Nigerian House of Assembly, Femi Gbajabiamila in Accra, that he would discuss the issues raised by the group with Buhari in Niger during the one-day ECOWAS Summit.

The Nigerian delegation raised the issue of the closure of shops owned by Nigerian traders in Ghana, and the high registration fees of 1 million dollars slammed on foreigners who engage in trading in Ghana, including Nigerians.

Other issues were; the poor treatment of Nigerians by some Ghanaian institutions and the demolition of Ghanaian High Commission residential building in Accra, among others raised recently by Nigeria’s Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed.

The mini summit, convened by Akufo-Addo last week as the new Chair of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in Aburi, near Accra to discuss the Mali crisis, was not attended by Buhari. The Nigerian leader was represented by Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibajo, who assured Nigerian traders that they would get justice, following alleged maltreatment meted on them by Ghanaian authorities.

Osibajo gave the assurance on Tuesday, 15 September 2020, during a meeting with representatives of the Nigerian community in Ghana. The meeting was held at the official residence of the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana. “I will certainly convey the depth of your grievances to the president,” Obisajo said.



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