This week in 1983: 1million Ghanaians deported from Nigeria with Ghana-must-go bags

This week in 1983: 1million Ghanaians deported from Nigeria with Ghana-must-go bags

- This week was a historic one in 1983 when a million Ghanaians were deported from Nigeria under President Shehu Shagari

- The mass deportation was a presidential executive order for Ghanaians without the right settlement papers to leave Nigeria or risk being arrested

- The video shows how countless numbers of Ghanaians had to pack themselves and their belongings rather inappropriately following the order

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On January 17, 2020, an estimated one-million Ghanaians were reported from Nigeria under some relatively harsh conditions as an age-old video has shown.

In the footage sighted by YEN.com.gh on the Instagram handle of Factsandtruths_official, it is clear that most of the deportees were simply bused randomly into their home country.

'Ghana Must Go,' was a popular name given to the migration of illegal Migrants (mostly Ghanaians) from Nigeria following a Presidential executive order.

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This week in 1983: 1million Ghanaians deported from Naija with Ghana-must-go bags

This week in 1983: 1million Ghanaians deported from Naija with Ghana-must-go bags Source: Instagram, factsandtruths_official
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The then President of Nigeria, Shehu Shagari had issued an executive order mandating immigrants without proper immigration documents to leave the country or they would be arrested according to the law.

According to Ghanacelebrities.com, this was after 1974 when Nigeria’s oil wells were spitting out some 2.3-million barrels a day and the standard of living improved.

While Nigeria was booming, its closest English-speaking neighbour, Ghana, was going through quite the opposite which was a mix of famine and insurgency was precipitated by a crash in the price of cocoa.

See the video below:

In other news, Speaker of Ghana's 8th Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has assured the house that he will certainly steer the affairs of the house with complete diligence and professionalism.

In an address to the house on its first-ever meeting after the inauguration of the President of the Nation, Bagbin's choice of words were: I will be fair and impartial but firm and resolute

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This singular statement undoubtedly cleared many doubts in the minds of many Ghanaians regarding how partial the newly-elected speaker might be.

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