Nii Aryee Opare of the Economic Fighters League (EFL) has reminded Ghanaian leaders of the rich history of the country when it comes to toppling regimes by the military.
He says Ghana is not immune to the act, asking leadership to exhibit some sense of responsibility in the numerous corruption scandals that have characterised the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.
His call comes on the back of the recent coup d’etats in the subregion saying they could be replicated in Ghana if care is not taken.
Coup d’états have taken place over the last three years in the West African states of Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso and recently Niger. The above mentioned countries still have military authorities in place with the roots of these coups stemming from poor governance by elected leaders, regional instability, as well as many successful past coups serving as a motivation for them.
On July 26, 2023, a coup d’état occurred in Niger, in which their presidential guard detained president Mohamed Bazoum, and presidential guard commander general Abdourahamane Tchiani proclaimed himself the leader of a new military junta. Presidential guard forces closed the country’s borders, suspended state institutions, and declared a curfew.
This was the fifth military coup d’état since the country gained independence from France in 1960, and the first since 2010.
Reacting to the issue on Onua TV/FM’s Maakye with Captain Smart Tuesday, August 1, 2023, the EFL Spokesperson said Ghanaian leaders would have taken a cue from what’s happening across the sub-region if they were wise.
He has charged state institutions to start treating corruption with the seriousness it deserves rather than relegating it to the Office of the Special Prosecutor whose mandate does not even include fighting the menace.
Nii Aryee wants corruption to cease with immediate effect.
“Ghana is not immune to coup d’etats. We have a rich history of coups and if any of our leaders were wise, they would have taken a cue from all that’s happening. Corruption must cease with immediate effect and must not be dealt by the OSP because that’s not his mandate. Even if they are not prosecuting those involved in corruption, they must create a charade that they are prosecuting for people to know that at least government is not condoning what is happening.