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Billboards of Nigerian President in Ghana a threat

"The appearance of giant billboards sporting Nigerian political parties and their candidates"


Posted on : Wed 21 Jan 2015

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The appearance of giant billboards sporting Nigerian political parties and their candidates in Ghana has sparked concern from political scholars.

A Senior Research Fellow at the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy, Dr. Vladimir Antwi Danso says the billboards of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and his opponents are a threat to Ghana’s National Security and should be removed immediately.

Though Dr. Antwi Danso says he is unsure of the motive behind the introduction of Nigerian politics in Ghana, it would be prudent if government investigates the issue and deals with it as a matter of urgency.

Adom News has already spotted two giant billboards of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan at Dankwa Circle in Accra and the toll booths on the Accra-Tema Motorway.

The international relations expert says, among others, the relationship between some former leaders in Ghana and Nigeria are not too warm, and allowing the mounting of billboards could have dire consequences, not just on the international scene, but in local politics.

However, the Executive Secretary of the Advertising Association of Ghana, Francis Dadzie insists mounting the billboards does not flout any law.

He also says they do not pose any security threat as intimated by Dr. Antwi Danso.

In Mr. Dadzie’s opinion, Ghanaians talk too much.

Also commenting a political science lecturer, Dr. Bossman Asare says Ghanaian politicians can take advantage of the lessons learned and advertise themselves in other countries.

He points out that there is a sizable population of Nigerians residing in Ghana, and their parties are reaching out to them via the billboards.

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