Buhari reads the riot act to coup plotters in Ghana
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the alleged attempt to subvert the Nana Akufo-Addo- led government in Ghana, says ‘the days of coups and government without votes are over’.
The Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu tweeted the president’s statement on Wednesday.
In the statement, Buhari noted that the only acceptable form of governance in the world’s current dispensation is by democratic election, stating, it’s the only way to install and change an administration.
He said, “Nigeria and Ghana are leading partners in ECOWAS, and Transparency International, and Afro barometer’s Africa Index 2019 attested that both countries have recorded exceptional advances in fighting corruption.
“When you take on powerful and corrupt vested interests successfully, sometimes they seek to push back. As the saying goes, ‘if you fight corruption, corruption will fight back,” Buhari said.
The president said Ghana is held in high esteem by all African countries as the first post-colonial country to gain independence, and the first African country to hold multi-party elections by universal suffrage.
“Ghana is the first, true African democracy.”
“We in Nigeria hold out – as always – our hands in support and friendship to our brothers and sisters in Ghana,” Buhari said.
On September 23, the ministry of information in Ghana said a joint operation was executed to neutralize an elaborate plot targeted at President Akufo-Addo with the ultimate aim of destabilising the country.
The ministry in a statement said the joint security operation of personnel drawn from Defence Intelligence, (CID) and Bureau National Intelligence (BNI) conducted a successful operation which led to the arrest of three persons with several explosive devices and ammunition.
It stated that the arrest and seizure came after fifteen months of surveillance and gathering of evidence on the activities of the prime suspect, identified as Federick Yao Mac-Palm and two others; Ezor Kafui (a local weapon manufacturer) and Bright Allan Ofosah.