Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampram Sam Nartey George has asked President Akufo-Addo to refrain from ordering Ghanaian soldiers to Niger as part of an ECOWAS military intervention following a coup in the Sahel country.
According to the Deputy Ranking Member on Parliament’s Communications Committee, the incumbent government has failed to retool and equip the military in Ghana.
In a Tweet on Wednesday, Sam George advised the President not to send the Ghanaian soldiers to Niger to meet their “untimely useless death”.
“Dear President @NAkufoAddo, you know better than us all the pitiful state of our armed forces for a foreign military intervention in another sovereign state”.
“You know that despite the professional attitude and disposition of our gallant officers, you have failed to retool and equip our forces,” he posted.
He added that ECOWAS had not exhausted the laid down diplomatic means for resolving the crisis in Niger to think of deploying troops.
“Article 2(4) of the UN Charter prohibits the illegal action you and your cronies in ECOWAS are considering. Even if you wanted to hide under Article 42, do you have a UNSC resolution authorising an intervention? There is no clear evidence of the 3 basis required to trigger R2P so respect the sovereignty of Niger”.
“A more pragmatic approach would be non-kinetic measures to engage and not the current aggressive stance to please your Western puppet masters. Any decision to commit our men and women of the Ghana Armed Forces to a senseless and needless war would demand the approval of Parliament and we demand same”.
Dear President @NAkufoAddo, you know better than us all the pitiful state of our armed forces for a foreign military intervention in another sovereign state. You know that despite the professional attitude and disposition of our gallant officers, you have failed to retool and… pic.twitter.com/qnHZq72ZfY
— Sam ‘Dzata’ George 🦁🇬🇭 (@samgeorgegh) August 16, 2023
Meanwhile, West African leaders have been exploring solutions to restore democratic rule in Niger.
On Thursday, August 10, ECOWAS decided to intervene in Niger’s coup d’état by ordering the “activation” and the “deployment” of a regional standby force to restore constitutional order in the country.
This new alternative by ECOWAS follows the violation of the one-week ultimatum they gave Niger’s military junta to reinstate their President, Mohamed Bazoum.
Following the ECOWAS announcement, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara immediately announced that his country would provide between 850-1100 troops “as soon as possible” to supplement the standby force being deployed for the mission in Niger.
ECOWAS security chiefs from different countries will be meeting in Accra to suggest possible ways by which the military junta can be influenced to reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum.