Ghana refutes Jonathan’s comment, says it did not Mock Nigeria, provides excerpts of President Akufo-Addo’s speech

Ghana refutes Jonathan’s comment, says it did not Mock Nigeria, provides excerpts of President Akufo-Addo’s speech

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Nana Akuffo-Addo

Ghana’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Rashid Bawa, has faulted ex-president Goodluck Jonathan for allegedly misrepresenting the country’s president, Nana Akuffo-Addo over the security situation in Nigeria.

 

The New Agency of Nigeria, NAN, quoted Bawa on Friday as saying that Jonathan “took the words of President Akufo-Addo completely out of context” when he quoted the Ghanaian leader of mocking Nigeria.

The High Commissioner said Nigeria’s ex-President misquoted Ghana’s President’s speech delivered at the Oxford African Conference.

He recalled the exact words of President Akufo-Addo: “For most of you in the audience today, it is probably before your time. But in the late 1970s up to the mid-1980s, as a result of the discovery of considerable petroleum deposits, Nigeria was booming. It was the place to be.

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“We Ghanaians, who were going through very difficult times then, would arrive at Heathrow Airport, and be herded into a cage to be subjected to the full third degree by Immigration , and we would look on as our Nigerian cousins would be waved through, with a ‘welcome sir’ and a ‘welcome madam’

“The newspaper headlines in this country were full of Nigerians leaving or forgetting bundles of money in taxis and telephone booths. Nigerians were the preferred tenants for those who had apartments to let.

He recalled the exact words of President Akufo-Addo: “For most of you in the audience today, it is probably before your time. But in the late 1970s up to the mid-1980s, as a result of the discovery of considerable petroleum deposits, Nigeria was booming. It was the place to be.

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“We Ghanaians, who were going through very difficult times then, would arrive at Heathrow Airport, and be herded into a cage to be subjected to the full third degree by Immigration , and we would look on as our Nigerian cousins would be waved through, with a ‘welcome sir’ and a ‘welcome madam’

“The newspaper headlines in this country were full of Nigerians leaving or forgetting bundles of money in taxis and telephone booths. Nigerians were the preferred tenants for those who had apartments to let.

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He said: “If it has got to a level when the Presidents of neighbouring countries will cite Nigeria as a negative example, then we must know as leaders of this country that certain things are not going well, and we must change the way we do things”


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