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Fighters: Stop criminalisation of Nigerians

Economic Fighters League has expressed dismay at the continuous criminalisation of Nigerians and other African nationals by a section of Ghanaians.

This, the group said, has come about as a result of some Nigerians suspected to be involved in criminal activities in the country.

In a press statement signed by Fighter-General, Hardi Yakubu, said such development should not be used to label all Nigerians as crimnals.

“If some are found breaking the law, they must be dealt with through the due process of the law, rather than used as the yardstick for judging everyone from Nigeria,” the statement stressed.

It added that the penchant to label crime this way is the root of the heinous Afrophobic attacks that have claimed the lives of many Africans in South Africa.

“In our press release of 21st April 2019, we had cause to condemn these attacks and call for measures against South Africa if nothing was done to curb them.

“In the same light, we condemn attempts by the police and media to reduce the crimes of robbery, kidnapping and others to the presence of Nigerians in Ghana,” it noted.

The group reiterated that no African should be seen as a foreigner in Ghana or anywhere in Africa for that matter, saying “for we are all first Africans before being Ghanaians or Nigerians.”

“It is the preservation of colonially-imposed borders without regard to our larger Africanness that has caused the division and rancour in our midst.

“We must emancipate ourselves from this and unite our forces for prosperity.
This nation was founded on the ideals of the African personality and Pan-African solidarity. We must not betray this foundation,” the statement maintaining.


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