So, Ghanaian authorities have issued quit notice to all foreign traders in the country.

This means, Nigerians who are involved in any form of retail trade in the West African country could soon be packing their bags and heading home.

But their counterparts in Nigeria do not want this to happen.

They are asking President Buhari to intervene and protect the Nigerian traders in the country.

The traders under the aegis of National Association of Nigerian Traders, NANTS, said in a statement in Abuja on Thursday that the quit notice breached the ECOWAS laws on free movement which Ghana was a signatory to.

President of NANT, Mr Ken Ukaoha, was quoted in the statement as saying: “The attention of the association has been drawn to the recent ‘quit notice’ served by the Ghanaian Authorities to the Nigerian traders doing their businesses in Ghana.

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“According to the circular dated 19th March 2018, announcing the quit notice, the Ministry referred to section 27 of the Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) Act 865, (2013).

“It stipulates that a person who is not a citizen or an enterprise which is not wholly owned by Ghanaian citizen shall not invest or participate in the sales of goods or provision of services in a market, petty trading or hawking or selling of goods in a stall at any place.

“The law was enacted to phase out and replace the previous GIPC Act 478 (1994).

“The circular informed Nigerians among other nationals to leave the Ghanaian markets on or before the 27th July 2018,” he said.

Ukaoha said authorities had held several diplomatic meetings with the Ghanaian counterparts on the subject in 2009, 2012 and in 2014.

“Our fear is that mistrusts arising from unguarded actions like the quit notice endorsed and officially announced by the Government of Ghana can only build divisions and segregation that have the potential to trigger xenophobic attacks,” he said.

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