John Dramani Mahama, a former president of Ghana, has pleaded with citizens to uphold the law and refrain from considering supporting any potential coup d’état in the nation.
This is a cunning response to Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the national chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress, who claimed that Ghana is on the verge of a coup d’état and that it is ripe for it after receiving a public beating.
Mr. Mahama stressed that, despite the nation’s current economic difficulties, staging a coup should not even be a last choice when he spoke in Kumasi at the 3rd National Conference of Imams and Regional Imams of Ghana.
Mr Mahama said “We should know that no matter the hardship there will be the opportunity for an election for different people to be elected. It is only left with a year for us to say goodbye to some people and welcome others who can fix the economy. So let’s continue respecting the Constitution. We should never think of coups and everything will be fine”.
The NDC Chairman recently stated in an interview with Joy News that Ghana is “more than ready for a coup d’état, but the only thing saving us is the tolerance of Ghanaians.” If you look at our history, you will realize that there have been coups d’états in this nation before that were caused by circumstances even worse than what is occurring right now. But our shared history and tolerance are the only things keeping us alive.
According to Mr. Nketiah, Ghana’s unusual tolerance among its citizens is what is keeping the country from devolving into complete anarchy even if it is past due for someone to seize power and reinstate dictatorial authority.
He said, “There may be circumstances that you dislike, and you might be inclined to assume that nothing could be worse than where we are right now, so let’s disrupt. You’ll cause disruption, you’ll feel some relief, but it won’t last long, and the relief might push you into another issue where the new leaders might act similarly implacably. Therefore, it will imply that you have not found a solution and that Ghanaians’ knowledge is what we are currently clinging to.
He claimed that he believed the general public had taken into account the nation’s troubled past, which had been caused by several coups that had been sparked by situations less grave than the current ones.