Being a Nigerian living in Ghana has clearly become a distressing matter following certain controversial happenings in the last few months.
Ghanaians and Nigerians have peacefully coexisted for the better part of the last three decades, but that understanding appears to be under threat.
On June 14, some Ghanaians forcefully ordered the closure of shops operated by Nigerian traders at Suame Magazine in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
This follows a spate of crimes and kidnappings in which the suspects have been identified as being Nigerians.
The biggest case remains the kidnapping of three teenage girls in Takoradi in 2018
All three are yet to be found, although the prime suspect, identified as a Nigerian national Samuel Wilson Udoetuk, has been apprehended by the police.
In a separate case, six suspects have been arrested by the police in connection with the kidnapping of two Canadian girls in Kumasi.
Although the girls have since been rescued, three of the suspects – Sampson Aghalor Romeo, Elvis Ojiyorwe and Jeff Omarsar – have been identified as Nigerians.
There is also the case of five Nigerian nationals who were arrested in Tema for allegedly sleeping with a woman in the presence of her husband.
The above and other happenings involving Nigerians have made it stressful for Nigerians living in Ghana.
Most Ghanaians have already closed their minds to dealing with persons from Nigeria, with landlords also adopting a more cautious approach.
It is a situation which irks the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana, which has described the nature of reportage of crimes involving Nigerians as “xenophobia”.
In a statement, Ambassador Micheal Olufemi Abikoye accused the Ghanaian media of “demonising Nigeria”.
“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,” sections of the statement read.
Relations between both countries remain intact, for now, but there is no doubt that all that has happened has made life stressing for Nigerians currently living in Ghana.
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