Shehu Sani, a former federal lawmaker, has called on the Ghanaian authorities to ensure that they protect David Hudenyin, a prominent Nigerian journalist.
He said this in a post via his X account on Saturday.
Mr Hudenyin, who is now seeking asylum in Ghana, had pleaded with President Nana Akufo-Addo on Wednesday not to permit the Nigerian government to extradite him back to Nigeria.
The journalist who made the appeal said that the Nigerian government was after him because he released a confidential document about the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) plan to invade the Niger Republic. He made this claim in a video published via his X account.
But Mr. Sani, who had represented Kaduna Central in the ninth National Assembly, responded by saying that African countries do not provide exile status to dissidents, opponents, or critics of other African governments.
He claims that the nations either permit a person to pass through while in transit or “catch and hand over to your country,” or if the person is too stubborn, they will frame and imprison them.
Therefore, he urged the journalists not to fear and to return back to his country to face his Goliath.
“David should be given all the protection he deserves from the Ghanaian authorities. But it should be noted that African countries don’t grant exile status to dissidents, opponents or critics of other African Governments.
“They either allow one to pass on transit or ‘catch and handover’ to your country or if you prove too stubborn, they frame and imprison you.
“His name is David, he should not fear the Lion’s Den, he should come back and face the Goliath.