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.
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.”
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.