By Joseph Erunke

Vice President, Inter-Parliamentary Union for Africa,IPU-Africa, and senator representing Kano Central, Kabiru Gaya, yesterday, frowned at Ghanaian government for introducing $120 residency fee for Nigerians in the country , saying the development, which he noted, was against the spirit of brotherliness in Africa, must not be allowed to stand.

This came as he urged the United States President – Elect, Donald Trump to reconsider his stand on immigrants in his country as well as refugee issues. To this end, he hinted that the regional parliamentary body would immediately convene a meeting where the issues are expected to be addressed.

Speaking in Abuja, yesterday, Gaya, who was elected last week in Geneva, Switzerland, during the organisation’s 135th General Assembly, also urged the United States President-elect, Donald Trump to reconsider his position during campaign on immigrants and refugees. Gaya insisted that the $120 residency fee imposed on Nigerians negated the spirit of love and free movements being preached by the regional governments. “We intend to invite all West African countries for a meeting here in Nigeria so that we could be able to discuss this issue.

“There’s no way we will be discussing on how to move freely as West Africans and then fees are being charged. “I will make sure I use this office to get over those issues. There’s no point any country in Africa should begin to charge money for you living in the country, because if we are going to charge levy for those living in Nigeria, it will be a different story entirely.

“ I think we should be our brother’s keepers. And that’s what Nigeria has been doing. Nigeria has been accommodating and we know the roles we played in getting independence for many other countries, fighting and doing solidarity for other countries to get freedom and we stabilized Liberia and other countries. “Nigeria spent a lot of money in trying to keep peace in African countries. We believe we shouldn’t be treated like that. I think there’s a need to have dialogue and discuss these issues as a group, “he said.

Recall that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had on Wednesday, frowned at the development and appealed to the Ghanaian parliament to review the $120 residency fee imposed on Nigerians living in Ghana.

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