The Nigerian Union of Traders in the Ashanti Region of Ghana has advised its members in the Republic who do not have legitimate businesses in the country to leave for Nigeria peacefully.
“We the Executives of the community are telling them to leave Ghana. If you don’t have anything doing in Ghana, go back to Nigeria. That is what we are telling them. If they don’t have anything doing in Ghana it is better the go to Nigeria” Chief Kizito President of Nigerian Union of Traders in the Ashanti Region advised in an interview with GBC’s radio monitored by MyNewsGh.com.
The Union’s statement comes in reaction to recent Nigerian involvement in high profile criminal activities like rape, robbery and the kidnapping of two Canadians in Kumasi.
These criminal activities of some Nigerian nationals in the country have also triggered anger in the Ashanti Region where angry traders started closing down shops belonging to Nigerians asking them to go back to their country because they were engaging in retailing violating some laws of the country.
Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana Ambassador, Micheal Olufemi Abikoye who was responding to the issue earlier on Tuesday in a press statement said “xenophobic tendencies” had the potential to mar Ghana-Nigeria relations.
So far, more than forty shops have been closed down in the Ashanti Region alone by members of the Ghana Union of Traders (GUTA)
But in his interview with the state broadcaster, Chief Kizito who claims his members’ pay their taxes accordingly, revealed that the Ashanti Regional Police Command has assured it will make sure their shops are opened for them to continue trading.
Chief Kizito further revealed that the Nigerian community in Ghana will never condone the criminal acts some of its members are engaging themselves in and went further to advise them to either stop or leave the country.
“These people they don’t normally come to our meetings. But whenever we see them, we report them to the security agencies for the law to take its course”, he stressed.