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Demolition: Presidency Replies Reps, Says Nigeria Won’t Fight Ghana

The Presidency has said Nigeria will not retaliate against Ghana by engaging in a “street fight” over the demolition of a building in the Nigerian High Commission in Accra, the Ghanian capital.

The Presidency’s position was made known by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, on Wednesday, in reaction to comments by the House of Representatives over the matter.

The House had on Tuesday described the demolition of the building last Friday as an attack against Nigeria and insisted that the country should retaliate against Ghana.

The lower chamber also criticised the approach made by Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to resolve the incident via diplomacy.

But Shehu said Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana, had reached out to his Nigerian counterpart to apologise over the incident, adding that the issue will be resolved diplomatically.

The presidential aide said: “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.”

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