House of Representatives drags Onyeama,
The House of Representatives has dragged Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The House, while dismissing the call for diplomatic negotiations by the minister, asked that Nigeria should reciprocate the demolition, which the parliament described as an attack on the country.
Onyeama had appeared before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in Abuja on Tuesday, where he was being grilled over demolition of the buildings.
Earlier in his presentation, the minister told the lawmakers that there was an invasion and building in the embassy premises was demolished by non-state actors.
He also said the time it took for the Ghanaian authorities to respond to distress calls made by officials at the embassy “is extremely troubling and troubling.”
Onyeama further said the traditional ruler in the area claimed that the property belonged to him, saying that there is no justification for the leader to take laws into his hands.
He also informed the House that the President of Ghana had directed that decisive and severe measure be taken to settle the matter.
Onyeama said the legal status of the property will be looked into before further actions will be taken.
The minister also said the Government of Ghana is very remorseful and had apologised profusely for the invasion.
Responding to Onyeama, Gbajabiamila dismissed the apology the minister said had been tendered to Nigeria by Ghana.
He stated that Nigeria must reciprocate the attack on its sovereignty by Ghana. The speaker said,
“We all have the responsibility to make sure that we uphold, very simply, the honour and glory of the country we serve.
Honourable minister, let me commend you for your efforts so far; what you’ve done and what you’ve been doing.
I think we should look at this thing from the premise that the Nigerian state was attacked. It was not a building that was demolished, no; the Nigerian state was attacked.
I think if we look at it from that premise, we will begin to understand or underscore the importance or gravity of what we are dealing with.
In terms of immunity and inviolability, in terms of diplomacy, it also extends to property. We are not just talking about the states.
It is trite that the embassy of any country is actually the state – a sovereign location in that, particularly foreign country.
That is why if there is any problem in Nigeria today, all the Americans will run to the American Embassies to seek shelter because you cannot even move near there."