Ghana Lawmakers raises concerns over proposed ECOWAS intervention in Niger

-

Ghanaian opposition lawmakers have voiced their concerns about the proposed intervention by the Economic Community of West African States in Niger.

The objective of this initiative is to restore constitutional order in the country. However, members of the opposition party in Ghana are urging President Nana Akufo-Addo to cease all preparations for deploying Ghanaian soldiers for this operation.

Ghana Lawmakers raises concerns over proposed ECOWAS intervention in Niger
Ghana Lawmakers raises concerns over proposed ECOWAS intervention in Niger.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a member of the parliament’s foreign affairs committee, stated in an interview with the BBC that the Ghanaian Parliament has not yet discussed this matter extensively, unlike other countries that have had the opportunity to deliberate and pass resolutions on the issue.

According to Ablakwa, “President Akufo-Addo does not have a mandate from the Ghanaian people in this regard… We strongly believe that military intervention is not the best course of action.”

Instead, minority lawmakers in Ghana argue for diplomacy and constructive dialogue as the preferred methods of resolving the conflict in Niger.

Ablakwa emphasised, “Our brave Ghanaian soldiers should be kept away from the imminent risks of violence and escalating geopolitical tensions, which could further destabilise an already fragile region.”

Ghana Lawmakers raises concerns over proposed ECOWAS intervention in Niger
Ghana Lawmakers raises concerns over proposed ECOWAS intervention in Niger.

Opposition lawmakers in Ghana assert that the country’s limited resources should be directed towards addressing its own economic struggles, particularly in light of a $3 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout. They argue that Ghana should avoid getting caught up in a “proxy geopolitical confrontation.”

The concerns raised by the opposition lawmakers highlight the need for careful consideration when it comes to military interventions in neighbouring countries. The potential risks of such actions, including the possibility of exacerbating tensions and destabilisation, cannot be ignored.

While the objective of reinstating constitutional order in Niger is commendable, exploring non-military avenues should be the primary focus. Diplomatic efforts and constructive dialogue have been effective in resolving conflicts in other regions.

Abubakar Momoh
Abubakar Momoh is a distinguished West African correspondent for Who Owns Africa and an alumnus of the esteemed University of California. With exceptional skills and deep understanding of the socio-political landscape of the West Africa region, Abubakar consistently delivers thought-provoking and insightful reports. His commitment to journalism and his relentless pursuit of truth have earned him a well-deserved reputation as a trusted and influential voice in the field.

Leave a Reply

Related Articels

The Battle for Food Security: Nigerian Farmers in Distress

In the battle for food security, Nigerian farmers are facing significant challenges. As food prices continue to rise and the rainy season approaches, the future...

Gunmen Kill at Least 15 Worshippers in Burkina Faso

In a horrifying incident that highlights the ongoing conflict in Burkina Faso, at least 15 Catholic worshippers were killed when gunmen attacked a village during...

Kenya’s President Ruto advocates for global financial order

Kenya's President William Ruto has called on African leaders to unite and push for reforms in the international financial system. In a speech delivered during the...

ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions on Niger Amid Political Turmoil

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has made the decision to lift some of the sanctions imposed on Niger following last year's coup....

Most Read