Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has urged the international community to take action against coups in Africa. He spoke at a UN Development Programme event in Germany, arguing that coups are not durable solutions to the continent’s political, economic, and security challenges.
Akufo-Addo cited Ghana’s history of coups, which led to economic collapse and a brain drain. However, he also noted the country’s progress in achieving stability, democracy, and economic growth in the last 30 years.
The President condemned all forms of coups, including those instigated by foreign entities for geo-political gain or economic interests. He called for consistency in enforcing sanctions against coup-makers, including civilians who manipulate constitutions to stay in power.
Nana Akufo-Addo emphasized the international dimension of coups, with some foreign entities using them to enhance their regional ambitions. He argued that foreign involvement in unconstitutional changes of government is a contributory factor to coups in Africa.
President Nana Addo called for uniform implementation and strengthening of existing continental and regional instruments and protocols to capture infractions. Also, defaulting Member States should be condemned and suspended from continental and regional bodies, and individual coup-makers should be sanctioned.
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