Governance expert, Professor Baffour Agyeman-Dua has indicated that the successive overthrows of democratically elected governments in West Africa should be a wake up to call to political leaders in Ghana.
The Chief Executive Officer of J A Kuffour Foundation is of the view that Ghana is not very far from experiencing a similar situation.
Prof. Baffour Agyeman further stated that the political leaders in the country should not rest on their oars and become complacent thinking that Ghana’s situation is different but must consistently consolidate the country’s democratic tenets.
Citing a study to buttress his argument, he indicated that recent Afrobarometer studies have revealed that a significant number of Ghanaians have lost faith in democracy since they believe democracy has not been able to deal with the country’s socio-economic problems.
On the basis of this research, he indicated that it dangerous for leaders of the country to think Ghana is different and insulated from the happenings in other West African countries.
Speaking in Accra-based Citi TV monitored by ABC News, the governance expert explained that, “I think it dangerous to think we are different. We cannot be complacent… We should never let our guards down, we have to continually strengthen our institutions of democracy.”
“If you look at Afrobarometer surveys, it is clear that in recent times, Ghanaians’ support for democracy has fallen. That is an indication that even here, people have serious issues with democracy because it is not delivering the way we thought it would so that challenges our political leaders to bring confidence back to our democratic processes,” he explained.
Prof. Agyeman-Duah further expressed concerns that the sub-region could return to the terrible years for Africa where most countries in the sub-region were ruled by military regimes.
To prevent a recurrence of such a situation, Prof. Agyeman-Duah suggested that “emerging coups should be of greater concern” to Ghanaians.