A security analyst at the West Africa Center for Counter-Extremism (WACCE), Mukhtar Mumuni Muktar, has condemned any indication of a coup as a remedy to Ghana’s democratic challenges.
According to him, the most appropriate way to deal with the current challenges in the country, is for a review of the 1992 Constitution.
“I have always argued that the alternative to bad democratic governance is not a coup d’etat; it is better democratic governance.
And so we need to take our Constitution, our model of democracy and look at what are at the challenges, what are the fault lines, what are the flaws we need to look at and change that to suit our reality.
Our Constitution and our model of governance must respond to the reality and the needs and aspirations of our people. We are talking about a generation that is youth led, youth driven.
How is our Constitution able to ensure that it provides the entitlements of citizenship to the local population? Those are key things we need to look at”, he stated.
Speaking in an interview with Blessed Sogah on the The Pulse on Monday, he rejected calls for a total overhaul of the Constitution; adding that, only portions that do not meet the needs of contemporary times must be revised.
His comments were on the back of a report by the West Africa Center for Counter-Extremism (WACCE), which indicated that Ghana’s political stability may be disrupted, in the wake of terrorism in the Sahel and other domestic challenges such as youth unemployment.
A report by the regional security research organisation, said even though Ghana has been relatively peaceful over the years, there is the likelihood of an upsurge, due to recent happenings in the sub-region, and neighbouring countries such as Benin, Togo and Ivory Coast.
WACCE maintained that the threats of political instability can, however, be forestalled if measures are put in place to prevent the impending dangers.
“The threat of terrorism is increasingly descending from the Sahel towards the Coastal States. Today, more than 53% of all ECOWAS states are experiencing insurgencies. The pervasive spillover phenomenon makes Ghana’s border regions a key area of concern.
“Recent attacks in Benin, Togo and Ivory Coast highlight the determination of the terrorists to expand beyond landlocked Sahelian countries, where the insurgency has devastated thousands of lives and property in the last decade.
“Ghana has a big number of prolonged unresolved chieftaincy and ethnic conflicts and tensions, particularly in the Northern regions.
“The inherently high exploitative capacity of extremists implies that these vulnerabilities put Ghana in danger of terrorist exploitation”, a summary of the report revealed.
The report further stated that, “Many analyses project the pervasive youth unemployment rate of about 59% as one of the biggest risks. The present government set up the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) to absorb the high number of unemployed graduates, most of them temporarily.
The growing joblessness has driven many onto cyberspace to live in an illicit economy.
The determination of social activists such as the #FixTheCountry campaigners to exploit the security, economic and governance challenges amplifies the risks associated with youth grievances.
The above highlight the widespread nature of the threat to Ghana and underscores the importance and urgency needed to escalate national commitment to preventing the threat from spilling into Ghana,” aspects of the report read.
Touching on the findings of WACCE, a fraud and security consultant, Richard Kumadoe, who also contributed to the discussions on The Pulse on Monday, stressed the need for government to roll out measures to forestall any undesirable occurrence.
He stated that, the unresolved conflicts in the Northern part of the country pose a threat to the country’s political stability, since it can be exploited by external plotters to wreak havoc in the country.
Richard Kumadoe also agreed with the earlier call by President Akufo-Addo for the 1992 Constitution to be safeguarded, through a review of selected aspects to reflect the needs of modern times.