The federal government has issued a warning to Ghana and Togo over recent attacks on Nigerians in the countries.
The Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, speaking to newsmen after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.
Dabiri-Erewa said Nigerians in other countries should be protected same way other foreign nationals are being treated in Nigeria.
In her words, “Right now, we are dealing with the issue of attacking Nigerian traders in Ghana. We have the assurances of the President of Ghana through the high commission here and ours in Ghana that Nigerian traders will be protected.
“So we are also going to be emphasizing that the life of one Nigerian means a lot to us anywhere in the world.
“Of course we have the issue of Ghana, the professor whose appointment was terminated by his university because of the tape he released. Well, it turned out that he didn’t actually record, I mean that was a private meeting with Nigerians in Ghana, it was like a private discussion.
“And he also claimed that part of the tape was actually doctored. The matter is being looked into by the Nigeria high commission in Ghana and I believed those matters will be resolved subsequently.”
On attacks in Togo, Dabiri-Erewa said, “And the issues happening around neighbouring countries like Togo. In Togo, we have Nigerians attacked. One woman alleged that she was raped and she turned out to be his girlfriend.
“We have also seen the Togolese Ambassador and made it clear that the lives of Nigerians must be protected anywhere they are because we take care of others here and we deserve to be taken care of.
“If a Nigerian commits a crime, let him pay the penalty for it as a punishment, but you cannot penalise a nation and its citizens.
“So we will be working more on that as we appealed to Nigerians to be good ambassadors wherever they find themselves.”