As part of measures to help curb any form of the uprising, international relations expert Ahmed Osman Alidu has advised Ghanaian leaders to lead so that the followers must follow.
In response to a question about how Ghana could avoid the type of uprising seen in Burkina Faso, he stated that the issue of corruption, which cuts across all sectors, must be addressed.
Speaking on Rainbow Radio 87.5FM’s Frontline, he stated that our leaders must discipline themselves, be accountable to the people, and refrain from actions that have a negative impact on the people.
He was concerned about how political parties say anything to gain political power, citing former President John Mahana’s promise to grant amnesty to imprisoned illegal miners as an example.
This, in his opinion, was politically incorrect and sent a negative message.
He stated that “everyone must be involved, work together, and ensure that corruption is eradicated.”
He told host Kwabena Agyapong that we have just a few politicians who have integrity, with the majority only interested in amassing wealth for themselves.
All of the issues he bemoaned could incite people to act in ways that jeopardize the country’s peace and stability.
He also claimed that corruption is not limited to politicians but also affects our sports industry and other sectors.
”Ghana is the only place we have. When someone comes promoting coup coup coup coup, disown him or her. I saw the PNDC regime and what happened…I won’t encourage coup-making, but we should jaw-jaw. If a party comes into the office and they are not performing, we have the power to use our thumbs and our voice to change. We don’t use guns”.
He stated that while the economic situation is dire, it should not be used to destabilize a legitimately elected government.
Soldiers deposed Burkina Faso President Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba in a coup on Friday evening.
This was contained in a statement read on national television, capping a day that began with gunfire in the capital of Ouagadougou and ended with the country’s second coup in eight months.
.Army captain Ibrahim Traore, who delivered the message said: “In the face of the continuing deterioration of the security situation, we have repeatedly tried to refocus the transition on security issues. Damiba’s actions gradually convinced us that his ambitions were diverting away from what we set out to do. We decided this day to remove Damiba.”