President Nana Akufo-Addo has rekindled Ghana’s long-standing positive position in Pan Africanism by declaring that Ghana belongs to All African and every African anywhere is welcome to the West African state.
He insisted that the laws that guide Ghanaians at home will be the same laws that will guide all children of Africa whenever they find themselves in Ghana.
The president repelled any claim that seeks to link Ghana with xenophobic action against other African brothers and sisters.
“There is no xenophobia in Ghana, we are not a xenophobic State. We are the pan-African nation that has opened its doors to all Africans, and they are not going to be the object of any hate campaign in Ghana,” he said at the Jubilee House ahead of the departure of the outgoing Ambassador of Cote d’Ivoire to Ghana.
In a reminder for the need for fellow Africans to respect the laws of Ghana, President Akufo-Addo noted, “what we do insist on, which is what every nation insists on, is that our own domestic laws are respected by those who come into our country, and, in so saying, we are no different from other people.”
The recent misunderstanding between Ghanaian and Nigerian traders has resulted in attacks on Nigerian owned shops.
These were part of attempts to enforce Section 27 (1) of the GIPC Act which bars foreign nationals from engaging in retail trade.
The Nigerian High Commission in Ghana had also earlier expressed displeasure with the way crimes involving Nigerians are reported in Ghana.
It said the reportage exhibited some form of xenophobia.
The High Commission in a statement said these “xenophobic tendencies” had the potential to mar Ghana-Nigeria relations.
“The Ghanaian Press, both print and electronic as well as social media seems to have enjoyed a field day in demonising Nigeria which for all intent and purposes, is seen as a fraternal brother to Ghana.”
The High Commission held that the unfair reportage “has caused untold pains, agony as well as apprehension” to Nigerians in Ghana.
But the recent tensions surfaced after concerns of an anti-Nigeria sentiment in Ghana because of the involvement of some of its nationals in the high profile crimes in Ghana.