We are not criminals; only a few people are - Nigerians in Ghana

We are not criminals; only a few people are - Nigerians in Ghana

There is a seeming tension between some Nigerians residing in the country and Ghanaians following the identification of some Nigerians as suspects in various criminal cases.

An Association of Nigerians in Ghana have expressed sadness over the manner in which crimes by a few Nigerians in the country have been attributed to all Nigerians living in the country.

The association said the behavior of the few bad nuts did not reflect the values of Nigerians living in Ghana.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, spokesperson for Nigerians in the Diaspora, Ogbonna Keyse, said not all the Nigerian nationals living in Ghana are engaged in the crimes that they are being accused of.

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“We are sad and worried because we know that majority of us are not like that. Nigerians are not criminals. Nigerians are not kidnappers. Nigerians are not murderers. Nigerians are good people, hardworking people,” he said.

Ogbonna said a lot of Nigerians have lived in Ghana for many years and developed important relationships with Ghanaians and so such developments must not be allowed to mar that relationship.

“So many of us have lived in this country for ages. We have Nigerians that are 60 years old but born in Ghana, meaning that their parents were here over 80 years ago and they have made families and had deep relationships with Ghanaians. So for things like this to come and erode all this good things that has happened between us and our Ghanaian brothers, it is sad and we don’t feel fine about this,” he added.

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The two most controversial kidnapping cases reported in the country; involving three girls from Takoradi as well as the two Canadians who were kidnapped in the Ashanti Region, involved at least four Nigerians.

But Ogbonna Keyse believes that the suspects should be treated as individual criminals and their nationality must not be associated with the crime.

“We cannot deny the fact that a few Nigerians have committed crimes or engaged in things that are criminal in Ghana. It doesn’t really have anything to do with being Nigerian as a nationality. It has to be with an individual. The person is a criminal. These are very few people compared to the number of Nigerians in Ghana,” he said.

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