In the wake of the surge in the activities of extremists in the West African Sub-region, Deputy Minister for Defence, Kofi Amankwah-Manu has assured the public that Ghana’s security apparatus is on high alert to foil any terror attack on the country.
The assurance from the minister is in reaction to a recent report by the West Africa Center for Counter-Extremism (WACCE), which has given the warning that Ghana’s stability may be under threat following the happenings in the country and activities of these extremists in the neighbouring countries.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based JoyNews, Mr. Kofi Amankwah-Manu admitted the findings of the report adding that Ghana is not totally insulated from terrorism threat.
He therefore stressed that due to this threat, there has been the need for the country to pay more attention to it’s security. He admitted that all is indeed not well for the country considering the happenings in the countries surrounding Ghana.
“So we cannot sit and fold our arms, thinking that all is well. All is not well. And we need to prepare. We need to be vigilant. We need to really, like we say in Ghana, ‘shine our eyes the more’. Because if you look around, all the countries around Ghana, in one way or the other have been hit. We are the only country left standing,” the minister indicated.
He continued that, “if I say we’re the only country left standing, talk of Burkina they’ve been hit. Talk of Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, they’ve all experienced this bitter pill from these extremists. And when you look at the southward movement of these groupings, clearly, one thing is obvious, they’re looking to find a coastal country.”
The deputy minister who doubles as the MP for Atwima Kwanwoma in the Ashanti Region further indicated that the recent activities of these extremist are very sophisticated and complicated hence Ghana is on high alert.