The Founder and Leader of the Perez Chapel International, Most Rev. Charles Agyin-Asare has admonished the military in Ghana to avoid the temptation of staging a coup.
According to him, despite the increased hardships affecting the ordinary Ghanaian, unlawful takeovers should be the last thing on the mind of members of the Ghana Armed Forces.
The advice from the revered man of God comes on the heels of successful coups and attempted coups in the sub-region.
Amidst the excuse of liberating their people soldiers in Mali, Guinea and Chad have seized power from the hands of legitimately elected governments.
Some analysts have expressed worry over the development which they say could lead to the African continent returning to the dark days of the 1970s where disgruntled men in uniform seized power at every given opportunity.
Giving an exhortation at the annual security services day of national prayer held at the Garrison Methodist-Presbyterian Church at Burma Camp on Thursday, October 21, Bishop Agyin-Asare said the prevailing conditions which have seen increased coups in the sub-region are the same issues affecting the citizenry, citing amongst others, the ill-gotten wealth of politicians, abnormal salary increment of the executive arm of government and the mismanagement of the economy.
“In our sub-region, we are seeing coup d’etats like in Mali, Chad and Guinea. These show soldiers who are not under authority but have made themselves authority, bad as it may seem, I will put much of the blame on the political class of those nations,” he said.
“They change the constitution to seek their self-ambitions and increase their salaries without increasing those of the ordinary citizens, many entered into politics without much but in four years they own houses and fleet of cars while the populace lacks basic amenities.”
“Once many of these politicians came to power they became tin gods who could not be criticized without unleashing their attack dogs on the critics.”
“Some governments have also turned the civil and public service upside down by sacking competent people and replacing them with party faithful, some of whom are very incompetent, the government also superintend over economic mismanagement.”
Despite these challenges, coupled with the low morale in camp, Bishop Agyin-Asare called on the officers not to allow greed and love for money to drive them to seize power in the country.
“In our dear Ghana, we don’t want a coup d’etat. Is it that we don’t have problems like we see in the sub-regions. We do have the same problems.”
“Be content with your wages. It is true that most military and service personnel are poorly remunerated even though your job requires you to defend the citizenry sometimes at the risk of your own lives, it is very unfortunate that your salaries are often not commiserate with your responsibility, that notwithstanding taking bribes ends up affecting the same you swore to protect.”
“Please don’t let greed or the love of money drive you to want to do a coup detat.”