Nigerians living and working in Ghana under the auspices of the Nigerian Union of Traders Association in Ghana, NUTAG have presented a Save-Our-Soul Letter requesting to be evacuated from Ghana.
The letter was presented to chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa in Abuja, Wednesday.
The delegation was led by the president of the National Association of Nigerian Traders, NANTS, Dr. Ken Ukoaha alongside the president NUTAG and other members of the Association.
Their request among other things, is to secure a peaceful evacuation of Nigerians in Ghana back home to Nigeria. The letter has a list of 753 members who signed to be supported to return home.
In their words, they explained that the evacuation has become necessary because of the constant harassment, intimidation, torture, and threat to life as well as a total lockdown of their means of livelihood, as their shops have been locked for almost one year by the Ghanaian authorities.
More so, since all diplomatic niceties at the highest level between Nigeria and Ghana have not yielded positive results.
They said landlords are coming to ask for rent from shops that were locked up for months.
In the meantime, Chairman Nigerians in Diaspora Commission hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa once again called for peace, stressing that all relevant stakeholders will continually be engaged.
She said it is indeed sad that their shops have not been reopened for almost one year citing draconian conditions against ECOWAS protocols of free trade and movement of goods and services.
The NIDCOM BOSS, however, pleaded again with the traders not to allow tempers to rise as she will convey their message for support to relocate back home to the appropriate authorities for further consideration and to speed up the process with strategic ministries and agencies to bring a lasting solution to the issues.
Mrs Dabiri-Erewa also said Nigeria will not hesitate to gladly and safely welcome her citizens back to the country.