Anytime terrorist activities raid lives and properties in other parts of the world, the reactions from Ghanaians are always sympathetic.
In conjunction are the strong claims that Ghana is a peaceful and a God fearing country that cannot contain insurgents of that nature.
I realized those claims were weak when our neighboring country, Cote D’Ivoire, had its share of the brutal cake. Ghanaians were alarmed. The reaction changed from the perception that Ghana is a peaceful country to “God, please save Ghana”.
The fear was charged by Prophet T.B. Joshua’s prophecy that Ghana, spiritually, was prone to rebel attacks in the following days.
But what is the assurance that we can only be prone to visiting rebels and not the tendency that we could equally breed one internally?
It is for a fact that rebels do not breed from only volatile settlements. The major catalysts necessary for their emergence are poverty, rising unemployment, a sense of inequality and social injustice. Hence, they vent their anger on the system through violence.
The aforementioned catalysts live with us here in Ghana. So how safe is Ghana?
The savagery behavior of the so called Delta Forces last week pinpoints clearly that Ghana is gradually cultivating species of terrorism. If an illegal group of that nature can rampage a court room and d cause mayhem with impunity, then we are all sitting on a time bomb.
The reason for their action is clear. These able-bodied men were recruited on the condition that if they were able to defend the opposition to power, they would gain an unquestionable entry into the various security services.
After working hard to see the party succeed, they are highly expectant and impatient to be fixed somewhere. In this case, we see poverty and unemployment – a major catalyst for terrorism.
I see their behavior as natural. A hungry man is an angry man. The party on the other side is inclined to play the ostrich because they feel indebted to them.
This is where the police must take over neutrally and deal with them judiciously.
This is a serious case that must be treated as such. If the police and the ministry of interior allow this to quench on political grounds as they traditionally do, then heads must roll at the top. Ghana is bigger than political parties and their alliances.
I don’t think the suggestion that these politically aligned groups should be disbanded is the solution to the problem. How can you disband a group that is not registered and d is formed in secrecy?
You rather need a strong, non-bias national security to counter their operations. Once the system makes them powerless, they will dissolve naturally.
Also, when the police take sides and render opposition parties defenseless, they resort to the services of these thugs.
I suggest that the IGP should not be a political appointment. The police should have their own caucus that would periodically elect their IGP. Same applies to the various security services. These amendments, if done, would do us a lot of good.
Source: Edward Acquah/ Ghana Inst. Of Journalism/ email: [email protected]
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