Ghana-Nigeria Rift over Land: Will this strain diplomatic relations?
- Armed men last Friday night supervised the bulldozing of the building under construction which was to serve as an accommodation facility for the staff of the High Commission
- Former President, John Mahama termed it as “pervasive insecurity and lawlessness” in the country.
- Understanding the role land plays in the conflicts of so many nations can help policymakers develop strategies to ease tensions among groups, limit conflict, and potentially avoid violence
In some parts of the country, land dispute issues took nearly three decades to reach court judgments.
|An overly sensitized news report on the media over the tussle between private persons and the Nigerian high commission regarding land ownership has caused many to wonder if the cordial relationship between both countries will fray.
International Relations Expert, Dr. Vladmair Antwi Danso has said there was no need to fret over the land tussle which had resulted in the demolition of a building allegedly owned by the Nigerian high commission in Ghana.
Armed men last Friday night supervised the bulldozing of the building
under construction which was to serve as an accommodation facility for the staff of the High Commission.
Persons affiliated to the NHC were irate over the incidence which has been circulating the media landing scape giving rise to a conundrum.
What transpired had envisaged a test of diplomatic skills of the Presidency leading to a statement of apology and the deployment of security forces to intervene in the matter.
The incident has also been condemned by a former president of the republic of Ghana
The opposition NDC Flagbearer and former President, John Mahama said the demolition of a building at the premises of the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana is a reflection of what he terms as the “pervasive insecurity and lawlessness” in the country.
Will this strain diplomatic relations?
Dr. Antwi Danso in an interview with Starr News, has scrutinized the matter and concluded that the matter will not condescend to strained relationship between both countries.
“As for our relationship with Nigerian nothing will happen. This is an infraction which we have apologized and we say we are not involved and so we are investigating.
He also envisaged that the right diplomatic skill and communique will eschew any rift instigated by media sensitisation.
I will be surprised if it causes any row between the two countries, but it depends on how you’ll handle it. If it were(Nigeria) government land and we say go away it is our land, that will be against international law. That is when Nigeria will pick it up very seriously. But now that government is saying we don’t have any hand (in this), we are investigating. Nigeria cannot be annoyed about this, this is a jaw-jaw thing, you sit down and talk and say okay let the person build it for us or whatever… the investigations will show.”
Land Disputes And Land Conflicts
Understanding the role land plays in the conflicts of so many nations can help policymakers develop strategies to ease tensions among groups, limit conflict, and potentially avoid violence and the poverty trap that comes from cyclical violence (Collier et al., 2003). Failure to address these bedrock issues may increase the likelihood of conflict and perpetuate poverty.
In Ghana, land disputes are ubiquitous largely because of its unique land tenure, governance, and management practices. Enduring land disputes are costly and have serious implications on the regional economic development and food security. In some parts of the country, land dispute issues took nearly three decades to reach court judgments.