The West Africa Centre for Counter-Extremism (WACCE) has predicted of a possible terrorist attack in Ghana in the latest report.
According to them, although the West African country has managed terrorist threats over the years, “yet Ghana has been so close to terrorism.”
The executive director of WACCE, Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar said officials must act swiftly to avert a possible attack in Ghana.
“We have seen the northern borders of Togo and Benin, we have seen in Côte d’Ivoire and also the north and eastern parts that borders to Burkina Faso fall into extremist attacks.
“We are the only country that is yet to experience attacks and we have no reason to believe that we will continue to be immune to that if we don’t take adequate measures to prevent that from happening here if you look at the local vulnerabilities,” Muqthar said.
“We are looking at presently a widespread incidence of unresolved chieftaincy conflicts, ethnic conflicts and more dangerously the situation like Bawku has been left unresolved for a long time and we consider the exploitative nature of extremists to take advantage of such vulnerabilities to either recruit or launch attack.”
The report said threats of violent extremism are heavily descending towards coastal states from the Sahel regions and that Ghana could not be spared, for that matter, given happenings in its neighbouring countries.
Factors such as chieftaincy and ethnic disputes, land conflicts, marginalization of vulnerable groups, and high youth unemployment make Ghana very susceptible to threats of terrorism, it added.