Dominic Nitiwul is Ghana's Defence Minister
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Ghana’s Defence minister, Dominic Nitiwul, has urged the military in the West African sub-region to desist from toppling democratically elected governments. According to the minister, the military’s responsibility is to support their respective governments to rule but not to topple them.

He says recent developments in Guinea and Niger means nobody is safe in West Africa.

Mr. Nitiwul, who was speaking at the second extraordinary meeting of the West African Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff in Accra Thursday, August 17, 2023, after the first one in Abuja between August 2 and 4 said, ECOWAS and the world as a whole would never forgive any coup organisers within the sub-region.

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“If presidential guards in Guinea and Niger take hostage their presidents, nobody in West Africa is safe. That is why I urge you to continue to be loyal to your heads of state. I urge you to continue to be loyal to ECOWAS’ directives and to these effect that the days that coup d’etats enjoys the support of our people are over,” Dominic Nitiwul noted.

He indicated that Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea Bissau were not in the meeting because of the sanctions meted to them by ECOWAS.

Meanwhile, the ECOWAS Peace and Security Commissioner, Abdel-Fatau Musah, stated that, the Covid-19 and the Russia Ukraine war have brought global economic turmoil, the reason the military junta shouldn’t have staged a coup.

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He noted the African Union is providing them support to restore peace in Niger. Abdel-Fatau intimated that resources were ready to invade the West African neighbour if need be.

By Akua Sarpomaa|OnuaNews|