President Akufo-Addo has bemoaned the insecurity situation in the sub-region and asked the world leaders to see this as a global crisis.
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, Mr. Akufo-Addo said ”Mr President, a case in point is the destabilising conflict in the Sahel. It might look to many, today, as a local conflict which affects only the countries in that region. We, in Ghana, know differently, we have watched in horror as the unrest has moved from the Sahel, inexorably, to the West African coastal countries. All of Ghana’s neighbours have suffered terrorist attacks, and some have lost territorial space to the invading forces”.
According to him, terrorist attacks in the ECOWAS subregion have led to the reappearance of military rule in some countries.
”Furthermore, the terrorist pressure has provided a pretext for the unhappy reappearance of military rule in three (3) of the fifteen (15) member ECOWAS Community, two (2) of whom have borne the brunt of the terrorist outrages in the Region – Mali and Burkina Faso.
It is a development we are determined to reverse, so that the ECOWAS space remains a democratic one.”
He said the world is being forced to spend several amounts of money in dealing with security concerns when these investments could have gone into dealing with other pressing issues.
”All of us in the Region are being forced to spend huge amounts of money on security. This is money we should be spending on educating and giving skills to our young people; on building much needed roads, bridges, hospitals and other such infrastructure, which we are spending to fight terrorists or to keep them out from destabilising our countries.
This is a global problem, deserving the attention of the world community for a global solution.”