Francis Addai-Nimoh, a former Member of Parliament for Asante Mampong, has called for a probe into disruptions into national development agenda which has stalled progress and growth of the nation.
“For the country to preserve its democratic dispensation, there is the need for the government to engage the citizenry in the governance processes in order to prevent any possible coup d’état in future,” he observed.
According to Mr Addai-Nimoh, that was necessary because the military juntas had failed to deliver any good governance to Ghanaians as they have disregarded the rule of law and good governance and rather focused on looting of state property.
Interestingly, he explained that military juntas, in his view, had mostly failed to deliver any good to citizens but disrupted democratic governance with extrajudicial killings, looting of state resources, oppression of the people, and disregard for the rule of law.
Mr Addai-Nimoh noted that it was important to preserve the country’s democracy through citizens’ involvement in the governance processes in order to kill any possibility of a coup d’état, reflect on the journey thus far, and identify what more to be done to improve peoples livelihoods and status in society.
“The nation has enough reason to celebrate the Fourth Republic which has lasted for almost three decades with a Constitutional Day on the national calendar of our country and the purpose of the day is to celebrate the constitutional milestone of the Fourth Republic.
“Considering that our history is replete with many disruptions of the constitutional order, we have every reason to celebrate the sustenance of the Fourth Republic for almost three decades however, the government must consider factors that led to the disruption in the country’s journey to progress, growth and development.
“In this vein, I subscribe to the theory that a stable democracy is the bedrock for national development but we need to begin to examine, after three decades of constitutional practice, what factors led to the disruptions in our journey to development and whether those factors are present today?
“Have we consolidated our democracy hermetically to prevent another disruption? These questions are critical especially when West Africa is seeing a surge in military juntas who are vacating the constitutions of their respective countries,” Mr Addai-Nimoh warned. –ghanaweb.com