THE Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Senator Musiliu O.Obanikoro says Ghana is a political icon and role model for democratic and constitutional development in the West African sub-region.
He expressed the sentiment when he paid a courtesy call on the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo at the Residency in Sunyani.
Senator Obanikoro observed that Ghana was one of the most important countries in the sub-region, which his country wanted to learn from and partner with.
He particularly praised Ghana for successfully holding the 2008 general election which went into third round, adding that Ghana’s election was relatively better than that of Nigeria.
Senator Obanikoro expressed concern about what he termed “the bad nuts” among the hard working and law abiding Nigerians residing in Ghana, stressing that his outfit would solicit the support of “the good citizens” to deal with the deviants who were giving Nigeria a bad name.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo said the visit of Senator Obanikoro was very important and that it would further strengthen the relations between Ghana and Nigeria.
He recalled with nostalgia his youthful days when many hardworking Nigerians were engaged in petty trading in his community.
He was quick to add that no Nigerian had been apprehended in the Brong Ahafo in connection with any criminal activity.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo told Senator Obanikoro that Brong-Ahafo would be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and he would be invited to attend the grand durbar to climax the celebration.
The regional minister gave an assurance that the National Democratic Congress(NDC) government would ensure that subsequent general elections to be held in the country would be free and fair to further deepen the country’s democratic credentials.
Senator Obanikoro also paid a courtesy call on the Omanhene of Sunyani, Nana Bosoma Aso Nkrawiri at his palace and later interacted with the Nigerian community in Sunyani