‘No plan to retaliate desecration of Nigeria’s diplomatic premises in Ghana’
The Presidency has ruled out avenging the recent desecration of Nigeria’s High Commission by some unknown persons in Accra, Ghana.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, during a chat with reporters yesterday in Abuja, maintained that the Muhammadu Buhari administration would not be stampeded into taking any irrational decision or towed the unruly path of the aggressors.
The position, he stressed, followed the apology tendered by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on the unfortunate incident.
His words: “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, as they all call him ‘Baba’ (father), are bound to show restraint.”
The presidential spokesperson said the issue was being handled at a higher diplomatic level with a view to resolving the matter once and for all.
“Matters such as this, when they arise, they should be resolved diplomatically. There shouldn’t be a fight between Nigeria and Ghana. This will not happen,” Shehu insisted.