Nigeria won’t engage in street fight with Ghana over demolition of embassy building – Presidency

Yusuf Bello| The federal government will not engage in a street fight over the demolition of a section of its high commission building in Ghana, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman said on Wednesday.

Armed men last Friday invaded the high commission and demolished some buildings under construction.

Nigeria on Wednesday summoned Ghanaian envoy over the incident and President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana called President Muhammadu Buhari to apologise over the incident.

But the house of representatives on Tuesday called for a retaliation from Nigeria.

However, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu while speaking journalists at the presidential villa, said matters of this nature should be handled diplomatically and that Buhari has shown “leadership” in the issue.

Shehu 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’, 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 should not be in a fight between Nigeria and Ghana, this will not happen.”

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