By Daniel Idonor
ANKARA, TURKEY – DISGUISED as Journalists, President Laurent Gbagbo’s men who impersonated other nationals successfully infiltrated the just concluded 16th African Union Summit.
They tried to convince delegates and journalists at the summit that Gbagbo was the real winner while Alassane Ouattara was not just usurper but a rebel for the past two decades.
The African Union had blocked both Gbagbo and Ouattara’s men from taking part in the summit more so since the country has been suspended until when the crisis is resolved.
One of them, Richard Assamoa Ossey, Conseiller Technique Presse and Communication, Cabinet Du President, Republique de Cote D’Ivoire, approached Nigerian journalists alongside his female colleagues with documents, lunching into history of Ouattara’s rebellion which has resulted in the rape and killings of women and children in the past and why he couldn’t have been the winner of November 2010 elections.
After series of questions puncturing his points, Ossey got angry and warned Nigerians to stay clear of Ivorien affairs saying “you think because you send ECOMOG to other countries to interfere you can succeed in Cote D’ Ivoire? Try it and see if we will not wipe out the three million Nigerians in Cote D’ Ivoire, try it and see if Nigerians in Cote D’ Ivoire will not become dogs”.
When remained that Nigeria was only a chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the position taken was that of the region, Ossey his colleagues to stop convincing us, muttering angrily to the embarrassment of his other colleagues who Nigerians in that country will be wiped out if the interference does not stop.
When cornered at the interaction of President Goodluck Jonathan with Nigerians in Addis Ababa, Monday, to react, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Odien Ajumogobia, described the threats as unfortunate as Nigeria was only towing the line of regional decisions.
He was however silent on what the government was going to do about the safety of Nigerians under threat in that country.