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Ghana Must Go: Why million Ghanaians were deported from Nigeria in February 1983

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By kingtunz | self meida writer
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This the story of why over 1,000,000 Ghanaians were approached to leave Nigeria and get back to Ghana in February 1083 — which in the long run prompted the promotion of the "Ghana Should Go" mantra. 


How It Started 


Under the "Ghana Outsiders Consistence Request" law authorized by Ghana's Head administrator Kofi Abrefa Busia in 1969, 3,000,000 Nigerians and other African and non-African workers were approached to leave Ghana as they made up 20% of the country's populace at that point. 


Quick forward to January 1983, President Shehu Shagari gave a chief request that ousted 2,000,000 undocumented West African travellers, the greater part of whom were from Ghana. 


The request was a supposed reaction to the strict aggravations that had inundated pieces of the country in 1980 (the Kano Uproars) and 1981. 


What Set off The Removal 


These West African foreigners had been pulled in to Nigeria because of the 1970s oil blast, yet by 1983 the economy had debilitated and it was a political race year. 


The Nigerian lawmakers trusted the ejection would demonstrate famously. 


Across Nigeria, up to 2,000,000 travellers heard the admonitions of capture, arraignment and constrained removal on the off chance that they didn't go along. 


How Ghanaians Were Expelled From Nigeria 


They stuffed what they could into trucks, vehicles, pick-ups and cabs and attempted to escape the nation as quickly as possible. 


The essential course to Ghana was westwards, going through Benin and Togo. Because of an endeavoured upset the earlier year, President Jerry John Rawlings had shut Ghana's territory line (Aflao) with Togo and to stay away from an unexpected inundation of returnees, Togo at that point additionally shut its boundaries with Benin. 


Thusly, when the returnees arrived at Benin, the exit plan was limited and they had to stay in the port of Cotonou, endeavouring to discover a boat to Ghana. 


A huge number of evacuees, generally Ghanaians, were massed at the boundary of the two little African territories of Benin and Togo. 


The street home to Ghana had ground to a halt, pitifully obstructed with vehicles and a mass of outcasts, while the boondocks remained incidentally shut. 


There had been genuine feelings of trepidation by Ghana's administration that Ghana, whose populace was then around 12 million, couldn't adapt to such a flood. 


Its economy was at that point in an emergency at that point. There were food deficiencies. There were hedge flames and dry spell. 


Living day to day After Extradition; How The Returnees Restarted Life 


After the returnees had been abandoned for over seven days with many running out of cash and going hungry, Ghana resumed its boundaries, making Togo do in like manner so Ghanaians could get back. 


During the re-visitation of Ghana, a kind of tremendous modest tangled woven nylon checkered sacks utilized by the travellers to move their effects, got the name "Ghana Should Go". 


The sacks are still exceptionally famous up right up 'til the present time in Nigeria, Ghana and other West African nations. 


The connection between Ghana and Nigeria improved throughout the long term.

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