Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has expressed his strongest objection against any form of coup d’états in Ghana and the African continent as a whole.
Speaking in an interview with Voice of America, John Agyekum Kufuor said the consequences that come with coup are too dire, so he would not recommend coup to any country.
“I wouldn’t advise anybody to hail a coup d’tetat. It comes from faceless people you do not know, you haven’t given anything to, to keep for you or to manage for you. They may not even be competent enough to do anything and if they come, they use an opportunity and come to impose themselves on you and destroy your life for you. Is this what anybody should want? ” he said.
Mr. Kufuor, who was Ghana’s President from 2000 to 2008, also charged African leaders to use constitutional processes in instances where they want to extend their stay in offices rather than forceful means.
“Try to live by the oath to people, it is the underpinning of good governance. If you think that the period is too short, use the constitutional means to convince the people to amend the constitution or reform the constitution to lengthen the tenure, but don’t play smart and on the eve when you should be stepping down, don’t say the people have decided and there is a third term. When you do that then in a way, you push people into feeling they too can take things into their own hands by doing things they shouldn’t do,” Kufuor added.
He urged the Regional bloc to be firm in applying its sanctions against coup plotters to avert any more coup in the region.
The former President’s comment comes at a time when the West African region has experienced three different coups within a year.
Currently, some persons are facing charges of treason over some coup allegations.
The convener of the #FixTheCountry movement, Oliver Barker-Vormawor for instance, is standing trial for treason felony for social media comments he made allegedly aimed at pushing for an illegal overthrow of the government.
There is also another case involving Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Benjamin Agordzo and nine others who have been charged with treason for their role in an alleged attempt to destabilise the country.
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