Coup retards progress, choose democracy-Prez

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has admonished African countries to pursue good governance and democracy.

The President speaking at a meeting with officials from the Pan African Youth Union at the seat of government, Jubilee House in Accra on Thursday March 3 said coup retards progress and should not be an option.

He said the continent must not entertain the use of coups to remove validly elected governments.

“We have to insist on good governance and democratic responsibility in our continent. We have seen what the years of coup and military intervention did to our continent in the past. Coups only retard progress. Let’s not entertain them,” he said.

The Dean of the Faculty of Law at University of Ghana, Professor Raymond Atuguba has come.under attack for asserting that Ghana must act quickly to prevent a coup since the causes of coup such as economic instability was a high in Ghana.

Prof Atuguba asked the government to acknowledge the economic mess and try to deal with it.

“We do not want coup in this country but if we do not act quickly we may have one in our hands. There is one thing to do now, prevent coups in Ghana since the climate and the environment, national and immediate international, are conducive for one. We must compel the government to acknowledge the current economic mess, they mostly, and previous governments, to a larger extent.

“Ghana’s economic problems started before Covid-19. On balance, Covid-19 was a good thing for Africa and Ghana,” Prof Atuguba who served as Executive Secretary to Former President John Dramani Mahama said at a forum held by Solidare Ghana.


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