President Akufo-Addo has said, contrary to some assertions, Ghana is not a xenophobic State, and has no problems with fellow Africans living and working in the country.
According to him, “there is no xenophobia in Ghana, we are not a xenophobic State. We are the pan-African nation that has opened its doors to all Africans, and they are not going to be the object of any hate campaign in Ghana.”
The President made this known on Friday, 28th June, 2019, when he bid farewell to the outgoing Ambassador of Cote d’Ivoire to Ghana, Bernard Ehui-Koutua, who also doubles as the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Ghana.
In his remarks, the President requested the outgoing Ambassador to “convey this message to President Ouattara, that Ghana continues to remain open and welcoming, especially to our brothers and sisters from all parts of the continent.”
President Akufo-Addo continued, “What we do insist on, which is what every nation insists on, is that our own domestic laws are respected by those who come into our country, and, in so saying, we are no different from other people.”
Nonetheless, he reiterated that the impression being created abroad that there is a rise in xenophobia in Ghana does not conform in any way to the truth.
“We continue to remain an open society, welcoming, especially, to our kith and kin on this continent. So, I will like you, in very, very strong terms, to convey these sentiments of mine to your President back home,” the President added.