THE 1983 'GHANA MUST GO' SAGA IN NIGERIA:
Many of you must have heard of the popular term “Ghana Must Go“. And we all know that popular Bag known as 'Ghana Must Go'.
Over 1 Million Ghanaians were affected by that order.
Many African Country and Ghanaians were mostly attracted to Nigeria because of the Oil Boom of the 70's,...
Many felt Shagari evicted the Immigrants so as to divert attention.
So, let's Consider the real story behind it.
Nigeria was like the U.S.A, Britain, Germany, South Africa etc of today, that many Nigerians are queuing up for Visas, so as to Elope to.
Such Job includes Driver, Cobbler (Shoe maker), Tailoring (Obi-oma), Security Guard, Cook, Gardener etc.
As such,those Immigrants that came to Nigeria, were more than willing to do those Jobs.
This same Scenario is what is playing out in most of today's Developed Countries that Nigerians and Africans are eloping to.
Note: This is not to say that, there are no Africans who are working in big firms in those Countries : Ofcause there are!
This was also due to the atrocities most of the Immigrats were reported to be Perpetrating in Nigeria.
While Most of the immigrants were West Africans, More than half of the Deportation victims were Ghananians who had come to ...
Because of this, the Migrants in Nigeria were Seriously Threatening the Peace of the Country and Nigerians were not ready to take that.
Allow me to tell us briefly about this event.
During the Colonial rule, The British Colonial Authorities sent him into Exile, but he returned to Kano shortly after independence.
In 1975 he was again arrested by Nigerian Police for slander and public abuse of Political Authorities, But by that Period, he had already began to receive acceptance from religious authorities,..
As his followers increased in the 1970s, so did the number of confrontations between his adherents and the Police.
His preaching attracted largely a following of Youths, Unemployed Migrants,...
And also poor men, particularly former seasonal laborers economically displaced by the Oil boom.
changes—which included inflation and the destruction of the petty mercantile economy—they were looked at as hooligans and thieves.
In 1979, Maitatsine reportedly rejected the prophethood of Mohammed and portrayed himself as an annạbi (Hausa for "prophet).
It must also be noted that there had existed an Old wound in the Nigeria-Ghana relationship back in 1969 when the Ghanaian Government effected the Alien’s Compliance Order. Nigerians and other African immigrants were banished on the claim that the economy of ..
The last straw that broke the camel’s back which Culminated in the Deportation Saga of the African Immigrants during the Shehu Safari's Government, was the Robbery Incident at Alex Ekwueme’s house.
On the 17th of January, 1983, the Nigerian Minister of Internal Affairs, Alhaji Alli Baba, announced the immediate expulsion of all illegal immigrants in Nigeria within two weeks.
All these did not make the Nigeria Shehu Shagari's Government to reverse the order.
It still bent on expelling all illegal immigrants in the country.
Truly, the Shagari Government had to pull a stunt to divert the attention of Nigerians and win their votes.
It was indeed a massive exodus that automatically rooted its feet in the History of Nigeria and Ghana.
Traveling back, The major route to Ghana was through the West passing through Benin and Togo.
Those who had already made it to Benin were stuck in the port of Cotonou, the capital city of Benin, with hopes of getting a boat to Ghana.
This is evident in the Synergy of both Countries in the areas of Entertainment, Sports and other Sectors.
Ghana's economy is even far rated more than that of Nigeria.
One will Seldom wonder but, this was a Country which Nigeria was far more better than in the 70s and even chased it's people away in 1983.
Since 1983,Ghana's Leaders were focused in building their Country/Economy and trying to give Hope to its people, so as to give them reasons not to elope out of Ghana,
Nigeria leaders since 1983 have been busy looting and milking it's economy dry.
According to Teslim Omipidan, he said,
“History should not be used as an instrument of Revenge but rather as a tool for Preventing Future Mistakes.”