With recent comments and discussion about the possibility of Ghana having another coup in its hands due to the myriad of issues the country is facing, President Akufo-Addo has allayed the fears of Ghanaians as he has sworn to make the peace and stability of the country be paramount at all times.
He gave this assurance during Ghana’s 65th Independence day celebration at Cape Coast in the Central Region on Sunday, March 6.
“Let us guard jealously the peace and stability we are enjoying. There are some restless spirits amongst us who, seeking to exploit the current difficulties confronting the nation, claim to have lost confidence in our democratic system,” he appealed.
“Either the absence of faith in the prospect of democratic alternatives to the current government or their impatience to wield executive authority are the factors driving their appetite for the shortcut of military intervention.
“Whatever be the case, they seem ready to jeopardise the hard-won reputation of our country as a beacon of democracy and stability in Africa and indeed, in the world, in order to gratify their personal ambition, ambitions which show little or no respect for the capacity of the Ghanaian people to change when necessary their government peacefully through the ballot box, something we have done on three separate occasions in the 29 year life of the fourth republic.
“The great majority of us who are committed to democratic values and institutions will continue to resist the claims of these adventurers and deploy all legitimate means in our democracy to maintain our free open system of governance which has respect for human rights, the rule of law and the principles of democratic accountability.”
His comments come after the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ghana Professor Raymond Atuguba who was Executive Secretary to Former President John Dramani Mahama said that Ghana is currently a fertile place for coup due to the bad economic situation.
Prof Atuguba’s comment stirred up a national conversation with some people not seeing any problem with the comment and saying it is just a piece of advice while he received backlash from others who quizzed if he wanted to send Ghana back to the dark days.