The Minority New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members in Parliament have sent an SOS message to the government to ensure that the politics of sister West African Countries do not infringe on Ghana’s sovereignty and national security.
According to them, the intrusion of Nigerian politics in the Ghanaian landscape raises serious security issues that should be tackled holistically before the matter gets out of hand.
The Minority Spokersperson on Foreign Affairs, Isaac Osei, in an interaction with journalists in Accra yesterday, said Ghana may suffer from the fallout of any strife that rocks Nigeria as a result of its internal politics, urging President Mahama who is the Head of ECOWAS, to ensure that the Nigerian democratic process is not jettisoned to the detriment of the peace in the sub-region.
He said already in Nigeria, apart from the threat posed by Boko Haram in the North East, there have been sporadic incidents leading to loss of lives.
Mr. Osei, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Subin in the Ashanti Region, averred that the recent emergence of billboards of Nigerian political parties in Ghana has been seen by many as an intrusion of Nigerian politics into the Ghanaian space, noting that such act though not illegal, must be discontinued because of the security implications associated with it.
“In any case, all politics is local so Nigerian politics should be played out in Nigeria”, he added.
He urged the regional leaders to encourage friendliness among political leaders in countries that go to the polls this year, especially, Togo, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger and La Cote d’Ivoire, throughout the whole process till elections and declaration of results.
He commended the efforts of the former United Nations General-Secretary, Kofi Annan and other important personalities within the sub-region, to bring key political actors in the Nigerian elections together.
Source: The Chronicle
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