Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has called on the Nigerian government seeking retaliation on the attack of the high commission in Accra, Ghana.
He made the call in an interactive session with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema. According to his opening remarks, Femi Gbajabiamila, said, “showing ‘diplomatic maturity’ by merely demanding an apology will not address the issue”, Information Nigeria reports.
He said: “Reciprocity is a legitimate instrument in foreign policy. And we can employ it, because if such had happened here in Nigeria, the individual will first approach the court to enforce his rights, and I want to believe that Ghana is a democratic country where laws apply, but this person didn’t use the law to do this. So it’s purely a predetermined attack on the Nigerian state.
“In terms of visibility and otherwise of the property, I want to say that it is trite to understand that all countries exist through their embassies in other countries.
“So for that reason, Nigeria was attacked by Ghana, because if anything happens in Ghana, it’s the Nigerian high commission that Nigerians will run to and get protection due to the diplomatic immunity that it enjoys.
”Others may say that this is a sibling rivalry that is going on between Nigeria and Ghana, and we did nothing, but we must take a stand, because this has gone beyond court processes as the minister said.
“This diminishes Nigeria as a state because it’s not a land dispute between Nigeria and any individual, but a diplomatic dispute between Nigeria and Ghana, which should be handled accordingly, because the person who did this did it under the colour of their law.
“South Africa did it, we kept quiet; Ghana has done it, and still, we are not doing anything, but we want to show diplomatic maturity of asking for apology and claim damages. If this had happened to the British high commission in Ghana, all hell would have been let loose. I’m telling you this as a matter of fact.”
Responding to the House of Reps Speaker, Minister Onyema echoed that the government was considering a review of Nigeria’s foreign policy.
According to him, “We have not got sufficient appreciation from other countries; we will have to sit down and make a decision, to review the foreign policy.