Ahead of Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary slated for October 1 2020, the Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria (PAN) has congratulated the president, Muhammadu Buhari and the government and people of Nigeria for attaining the milestone.
In a statement by its national director of media, Mr Emma Ohiomokhare, the association said, “We have come this far despite our diversity and attained this feat with the sacrifices of heroes and heroines of Nigerians to keep our nation as one and our people unified.”
The association, however, used the opportunity to appeal to the president to consider the immediate evacuation of frustrated and stranded Nigerian traders in Ghana whose businesses were recently clamped down by the host government.
It said, “This appeal has become increasingly necessary following the rising cases of frustrations, biting hunger and impoverishment, sad feelings of grave abandonment and conflicting reports of attempted suicides by several victims some of whom are being threatened by their landlords; having lost their means of livelihood. As we speak, several families are now begging to feed with no form of palliatives or financial assistance and sick children are unable to access medical treatment.”
It noted with dismay that having been working closely with the federal government through the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs towards finding a lasting solution to the impasse, it is however disappointed that all diplomatic measures taken with respect to the matter have not yielded the desired results.
PAN believes that while the diplomatic engagements continue, the immediate evacuation of those victims from Ghana remains the best and most appropriate national step to take at this time.