• Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

‘I wouldn’t advise anybody to hail a coup d’état’ – Kufuor

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has warned against public support for coups d’états in Ghana and Africa as a whole.

He claims that overthrowing regimes by force brings in severe consequences for the countries involved.

“It’s not an experience I’d recommend to anyone of any generation.” I wouldn’t recommend anyone hailing a coup d’état. It comes from folks you have never met. In an interview with Voice of America, he stated, “They may not even be competent enough to do anything, and if they come, they come to impose themselves on you and wreck your life.”

Mr. Kufuor, who served as President of Ghana from 2000 to 2008, also warned African leaders to be wary of conditions that could lead to an illegal coup of their governments.

He believes that in cases where African governments wish to extend their term in office, they should look into constitutional mechanisms and seek civilian support rather than aggressively staying in office, as this will just encourage coup plotters.

“Try to live up to your oath to the people; it’s the bedrock of successful governance.” If you believe the duration is too short, use constitutional means to persuade the people to change or revise the constitution to extend the tenure, but don’t be clever and don’t declare the people have chosen and there will be a third term when you have to stand down. In a manner, you encourage individuals to believe they can take matters into their own hands by doing things they shouldn’t,” Kufuor explained.

The former president’s remarks come at a time when Africa has experienced more than 10 coups and attempted coups in the recent decade, with several of them taking place in West Africa subregion.

Some people in Ghana are facing treason charges as a result of their acts and words.

Oliver Barker-Vormawor, the #FixTheCountry movement’s convener, is on trial for treason after allegedly making statements intended at promoting an illegal coup of the government.

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