Comment: Attempted Coup Or Paranoia?


TODAY believes a coup d’état is the last act to be employed by any person or group of persons on the current Ghanaian administration.  It’s one piece of insurgency that has lost its relevance and attraction since the last successful coup d’état by former President, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings on 31st December, 1981.


THE longevity within which such perpetrators impose themselves on the very people they claim they came to liberate convinces many that it is better to live under a bad democratic government where the people would have a chance of changing it within a prescribed constitutional mandate.


WE believe Ghanaians are no longer interested in the short-term gains of coup d’états and would like to have a stake in determining who rules them within the stated period of four years minimum or eight years maximum.  Examples abound in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt where most citizens of these countries are now regretting the marginal gains of joining in the popular uprisings that toppled their governments.


SHORT-TERM and marginal gains in violent overthrows where the supposed messiahs later turn to draconian despots by pummeling even supporters of the act into accepting a one-sided decree ruling is further making coup d’états lose its colour, especially on the African continent.  That explains why often people would delve into most accurately any act of destabilisation, whether reported by government or by ordinary citizens.


DESTABILISATION has also become a ploy often being adopted by many failing or failed governments to divert people’s attention from any such mediocre administration.

Could the latest coup attempt be one of those stoical diversionary stunts that this government has gained notoriety for in recent times?


THIS is a government that has mastered the art of diversion.  With the many reported cases of corruption from PDS to Kroll scandals, the government had tried, albeit unsuccessful through some of its hatchet men, to cook up imaginary scandals against opposing elements in the hope that their own scandals would fade off or would be submerged by those fictitious ones they had created.


ONE of such high-profiled government induced scandals was when a hatchet man in the current administration tried to pitch the Asantehene against former President John Dramani Mahama.  Intelligence reports also suggest that the youth agitation in Kyebi against the former president is being orchestrated by elements within the current administration.  They tried same with their unpopular collapse of indigenous Ghanaian financial institutions.


LAST Friday, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, disclosed that personnel drawn from Defence Intelligence, the CID and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) conducted a successful operation which led to the arrest of three persons—Dr Frederick Yao Mac-Palm and two accomplices—Ezer Kafui (a local weapon manufacturer) and Bright Allan Debrah Ofosu, aka BB or ADC, who were suspected to be engaging in acts to destabilise the country.


THE coup plotters were said to have in their possession several locally manufactured arms, explosive devices and ammunition from locations in Accra and Kpone Bawaleshie in Dodowa.


PERHAPS there could be other accomplices who would be known after further interrogation and investigation of the three prime suspects.  On the evidence of what the Information Minister presented to Ghanaians, however, the alleged coup plotters are three.


SO we dare ask: who in this era of sophistry would engage in an act as dangerous as the overthrow of a government with locally manufactured arms or ammunition?  Can anyone embark on a mission as serious and dangerous as treason with just three people?  Did government tape-in into conversations involving the three that suggested they were embarking on any destabilisation act?


GHANA has gone through both phases of abortive coups and successful coups where the beginning to the end of the past plots—abortive or successful—do not in any way measure up to what the fear and panic stories being bandied around by government. With the latest coup stunt, it does seem to us that government has now reached the level of paranoia.  Government actions are heavily influenced by anxiety and fear of its own bad governance practice to the point that it can no longer act rational and thus living on high delusions.


RATHER than acting as confused bunch of administrators which is leading them to come to quick conclusions, they should rather get into a reflective mood, ask and answer to themselves why in less than three years all of their goodwill had dwindled?

Why most of their core voters are cursing themselves for voting for them?  Why they have succeeded in creating a sharp wedge within the ruling party where those believed to be operating from the Kufuor isle are being marginalised?


THEY should also find out whether making millions of Ghanaians directly and indirectly unemployed under the guise of banking sector reforms is the best of policies?  A reform that is fraught with discrimination to the extent that many of the insolvent banks that are owned by NPP members or sympathisers are still operating.


INDEED government is having a very low esteem; feel very vulnerable; feel very isolated and in that stressful state believe Ghanaians have rejected them and are only waiting for December 2020 to actualise it.  In that desperate state of survival, government sees every opposition as an enemy rather than accepting that the enemy is from within their fold.


THAT is leading to the obvious mistakes and the wild allegations about opposing elements and the latest craze about coup attempt.

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