Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, on Wednesday announced his arrival in Ghana where he had traveled over the maltreatment of Nigerian traders.
“Initial meeting with my host the Speaker of Ghanaian Parliament who met me at the airport Hon Prof Mike Oquaye. We will meet again this evening,” he tweeted.
The Nigerian Government in a statement issued by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, had warned the Ghanaian authorities that the Federal Government of Nigeria would no longer tolerate the humiliation of Nigerians in the country.
Gbajabiamila who met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday had told journalists that President Buhari had given him permission to travel to Ghana over the issue, which he described as “legislative diplomacy”.
“I am leaving for Ghana tomorrow (Wednesday) to meet with the Speaker of the parliament in Ghana to look at the issues on ground as they affect our citizens, and to try and calm things down.
“I informed the President and he is aware of every single step that we are taking, and we hope that we will come to an amicable settlement one way or the other.
“It is called legislative diplomacy. If you remember very well, during the days when I was Leader of the House, I led the delegation to South Africa during the crisis there with Nigerians and we were able to accomplish quite a bit, to simmer things down at that time,” he said.
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