Security analyst, Emmanuel Kotey has juxtaposed the happenings in Bawku, in the Upper East Region to what happened in Dagbon, with the conclusion that the two have some things in common.
However, Mr. Kotey wonders why the government has chosen to use National security in dealing with the crises in Bawku rather than the use of a commission of eminent chiefs to mediate as was done in the case of Dagbon.
“If you look at the Bawku chieftaincy crisis and you juxtapose it with what happened in Dagbon, there are a lot of similarities but I don’t understand why we are using different approaches”, he said in an interview on Eyewitness News.
He remarked that the approach of the Akufo-Addo led government in dealing with the chieftaincy dispute in Bawku would earn the government nil.
“To use the military, spending a whole lot of money through this channel and the National Security, it doesn’t work out.”
He suggested that the government rather use the same procedure it employed in dealing with Dagbon.
“When this began, I respectfully requested that the government should use the same methodology we used in Dagbon. If you don’t engage the stakeholders, if you don’t dialogue with them, and you want to impose things from above, it will never work.
“That is why government must take a step back and consider Bawku as a very fertile ground for terrorist recruitment given that Bawku is a border town. I will suggest respectfully to the government that a commission of eminent chiefs should be formed and the various stakeholders invited, and a road map drawn such that you can put in place the succession plan. If the succession plan is there and the factions know that from this group it goes to the other group, the tension will come down.”
Mr. Kotey emphasised that Ghana’s current status in West Africa as the most peaceful on the bloc is nothing so far as Bawku is in its current crisis.
He added that “the weapons in Bawku are unimaginable. What steps is the government taking to get these weapons out of the hands of the ordinary citizen? There should be an Arm Amnesty in Bawku immediately such that once the military is in place, they can use intelligence to do swoops and collect these arms.”
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini