In an exclusive interview on Joy News, esteemed AU security consultant Col. Festus Aboagye (Rtd) shared his perspective on the recent announcement made by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regarding the use of force if coup leaders in Niger do not hand over power within the stipulated seven-day period. The retired colonel regarded ECOWAS’ declaration as nothing more than empty threats aimed at the coup plotters.
During the engaging conversation with the host, Col. Festus Aboagye was questioned about the likelihood of a coup unfolding in Ghana, especially in light of the Ghanaian Defense Minister’s affirmation of the army’s professionalism and commitment to safeguarding the nation. While he acknowledged the Defense Minister’s remarks, he cautiously disagreed, asserting that unforeseen events could occur, and he did not completely dismiss the potential for a coup.
It is crucial to highlight that Ghana has long been a bastion of stability and democratic governance in West Africa. Any semblance of political instability, such as a coup attempt, is viewed with utmost concern by both the country’s citizens and the international community.
ECOWAS’ strong stance on addressing potential coup attempts in the region underlines its commitment to preserving democratic principles and upholding the rule of law. Such measures are part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to ensure peace, security, and prosperity across its member states.