Ningo-Prampram MP, Samuel Nartey George has asked President Akufo-Addo not to deploy Ghanaian soldiers to troubled Niger as part of ECOWAS’ standby force.
Sam George insists the Ghanaian army has been starved of resources and are not ready for such a “useless venture.”
In a tweet on Wednesday, August 16, the Deputy Ranking member on Parliament’s Communications Committee advised the President not to send the Ghanaian military to their untimely death.
He asked the President Akufo-Addo not to take the professional attitude of the military for granted.
“Dear President @NAkufoAddo, you know better than us all the pitiful state of our armed forces for a foreign military intervention in another sovereign state.”
“You know that despite the professional attitude and disposition of our gallant officers, you have failed to retool and equip our forces,” he tweeted.
Dear President @NAkufoAddo, you know better than us all the pitiful state of our armed forces for a foreign military intervention in another sovereign state. You know that despite the professional attitude and disposition of our gallant officers, you have failed to retool and… pic.twitter.com/qnHZq72ZfY
— Sam 'Dzata' George 🦁🇬🇭 (@samgeorgegh) August 16, 2023
He added that ECOWAS has not exhausted the laid down diplomatic means for resolving the crisis in Niger.
“Article 2(4) of the UN Charter prohibits the illegal action you and your cronies in ECOWAS are considering. Even if you wanted to hide under Article 42, do you have a UNSC resolution authorising an intervention? There is no clear evidence of the 3 basis required to trigger R2P so respect the sovereignty of Niger.”
“A more pragmatic approach would be non-kinetic measures to engage and not the current aggressive stance to please your western puppet masters. Any decision to commit our men and women of the Ghana Armed Forces to a senseless and needless war would demand the approval of Parliament and we demand same.”
ECOWAS leaders last week resolved to activate a standby force for an intervention following a takeover by the junta.
The Military Chiefs are expected to prepare a plan of attack in Niger if ECOWAS leaders give the green light.
Chief of Defense Staff for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Christopher Musa, said they will do what is right.
“We must confront them head-on, dwell upon our shared experiences, wisdom and the strength of our collective resolve. Our decisions will be a strong message about our commitment to democracy, our intolerance for unconstitutional changes of government and our dedication to regional stability,” he added.
Meanwhile, Chiefs of Defense Staff from ECOWAS countries will meet in Accra on Thursday, August 17, 2023, to strategise on possible military intervention in Niger.