The Director of the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Prof. Kwesi Aning, has called on the Government of Ghana and the media to stop inflating the call on the possibility of extremism and terrorism attacks in the country.
“There is a deliberate exploitation of the narrative around the possibility of a threat and possibility of an attack which is seriously diverting attention from the real challenges we face as a country and those challenges is about how we resolve our petty disputes “.
He sited galamsey threat, hike in robbery attacks along the Damango road through to Sawla and to Wa and the small arms flow as the real challenges that Ghanaians should focus their attention on as a nation and stop the fancy sloganeering on counter-terrorism which does not solve the realities on the ground.
Prof Aning urged Ghanaians to voice out their major challenges affecting their every day lives as launched by the National Security on the slogan “See something, Say something ” and not jump into the jamboree of the possibility of extremism and terrorism attack in Ghana.
Making reference to increasing extremist attacks in neighbouring countries, Professor Aning said Ghana only risked falling prey to similar attacks depending on how it manages its internal disparities, tensions, a sense of exclusion and a sense of dispossession.
He was speaking at a workshop in the Upper West Region organised by Equal Opportunities For Children and Aged (EOCA) to build the capacity of chiefs on alternative disputes resolution as a tool to building strong resilience communities and for people to understand that there are alternatives to resolving their problems.
Meanwhile, Commandant of Equal Opportunities For Children and Aged (EOCA), Mr. Vaare Mattew has indicated that the aim of the organization that got setup in 2016 is to build the capacity of chiefs across the Upper West Region and foster unity among their subjects. He stressed that the doors of his organization are opened to engaging with the chieftaincy institution across the country.
However, Member of Parliament for the Wa West Constituency, Hon. Peter Lanchene Toobu, has called on chiefs representing the Wa West,Wa East and Wa Municipal District/Municipality to build strong resilience against violent extremism and terrorism as tool of standing against any external attacks.