Concerns Raised Over Deployment of Ghanaian Military to Niger – Sam George’s Plea to Akufo-Addo
Ningo-Prampram MP, Samuel Nartey George, urges President Akufo-Addo not to deploy the under-equipped Ghanaian Military to Niger as part of ECOWAS’ standby force, emphasizing the need for diplomatic solutions and parliamentary approval.
Introduction: Voicing Concerns Over Ghanaian Military Deployment
In the face of potential Ghanaian military deployment to Niger as part of ECOWAS’ standby force, Ningo-Prampram Member of Parliament, Samuel Nartey George, has raised significant concerns.
He calls upon President Akufo-Addo to carefully reconsider this course of action, citing the current state of the Ghanaian armed forces and the importance of diplomatic efforts.
Resource-Starved Military: A Warning Against Premature Action
Sam George asserts that the Ghanaian military is ill-equipped and under-resourced for the proposed intervention in Niger.
He characterizes the potential deployment as a “futile endeavor” due to the insufficient tools and resources available to the soldiers.
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Professionalism Not to be Underestimated
The Deputy Ranking member on Parliament’s Communications Committee, Sam George, underscores the professionalism and dedication of Ghanaian soldiers.
He urges President Akufo-Addo not to underestimate the capabilities of the armed forces while making decisions about their deployment.
By acknowledging their commitment, this subheading emphasizes the importance of respecting and safeguarding the lives of Ghanaian troops.
Diplomatic Avenues: Exhausting Alternatives Before Action
Amid discussions of potential intervention, Sam George reminds all stakeholders that diplomatic solutions have not been fully explored.
He invokes Article 2(4) of the UN Charter, highlighting the necessity of adhering to established legal frameworks and respecting national sovereignty.
This section emphasizes the need to exhaust all diplomatic options before considering any military involvement.
A Pragmatic Approach: Non-Kinetic Strategies Over Aggression
Arguing for a more considered strategy, Sam George advocates for non-kinetic measures over aggressive actions.
He cautions against being swayed solely by external influences and stresses the importance of a measured and pragmatic approach to conflict resolution.
Parliamentary Approval: Upholding Democratic Principles
Sam George asserts that any decision involving the deployment of Ghanaian troops should be subject to parliamentary approval.
Commitment to Regional Stability: ECOWAS’ Standby Force
Despite concerns raised, ECOWAS leaders remain committed to regional stability and democratic values. Chief of Defense Staff for Nigeria, General Christopher Musa, reaffirms the collective determination to uphold democracy and prevent unconstitutional changes of government.
Looking Ahead: Deliberations and Considerations
As discussions progress, ECOWAS Chiefs of Defense Staff are set to meet in Accra to strategize on possible military intervention in Niger.
Scheduled for August 17, 2023, this meeting underscores the importance of collaborative efforts within the region to address crises while respecting the principles of sovereignty and democratic governance.