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Ghana: Soldiers cannot protect you; they, too, are suffering – Ablakwa to Akufo-Addo.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has warned President Akufo-Addo that the country’s soldiers, like every other Ghanaian, are bearing the brunt of the country’s severe economic hardship, and thus their loyalty to the 1992 constitution cannot be guaranteed.

Following reports that the President had begged the personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces to remain loyal to the 1992 constitution in the midst of excruciating economic turbulence, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu in the Volta Region issued this warning.

According to the lawmaker, the president should be afraid of the hungry and suffering Ghanaians who have exhausted their patience and restraint.

“Throughout history, leaders who make the fatal mistake of fearing guns instead of the people have deeply regretted — the guns were silent but people power toppled bad leaders during the Arab Spring and much recently in Sri Lanka. In Sudan, 8 months of angry demonstrations led by disillusioned young people from 2018 eventually resulted in the overthrow of strongman, Omar al-Bashir on April 11, 2019 after 30 brutal years in power,” the Ranking Member of parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee wrote on his Facebook page on Monday, October 24, 2022.

“In any case, Ghanaian soldiers don’t live in a different economy, they are experiencing the same excruciating hardship and hopelessness we are all confronted with. It is trite — what soldiers all over the world hate, is to be asked to march loyally on hungry stomachs,” he added.

In the same post, Ablakwa made some recommendations to the President, failing which he must resign or face the wrath of Ghana’s suffering citizens.

“President Akufo-Addo must fire his Finance Minister NOW; the clueless Economic Management Team ought to be disbanded with dispatch; corruption and profligacy should be uprooted; embark on ruthless retrievals of all stollen taxpayer funds; cancellation of reckless prestige projects; his bloated government including the disgraceful position of CEO for a non-existent Keta Port must be drastically pruned, the countless retirees on contract should go home and catch a well-deserved rest; and as we have often demanded — it is time to convene a non-partisan economic rescue forum to harvest fresh ideas.”

Ghana’s economy has tanked, and the local currency has been declared the worst in the world. Prices for goods and services have been rising at an alarming rate, almost every day. Several internationally renowned rating agencies have downgraded the country’s economy.

Many prominent people have called on the president to fire his finance and other ministers and resign as a result of his government’s poor performance.

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