April 26, 2023

In the wake of media reports of security threats around the borders of Ghana and Burkina Faso, Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central Mahama Ayariga said the nation’s borders with its neighbour Burkina Faso is well fortified.

According to him the jihadists have not carried out any activities beyond the Ghana border with Burkina Faso and he knows, the level of troops presence at the border post and along the border to prevent any activities of any jihadists.

The first rapporteur on the Committee on Political Affairs, Peace, Security and African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Mahama Ayariga noted in an interview that in dealing with the security threat, Ghana cannot act in isolation; Ghana must mobilize its colleagues in the sub-region to deal with the immediate challenges and the fundamental issues.

And further added that enough troops needs to be mobilized to assist Burkina Faso to dominate the entire region that is experiencing jihadist activities, including troops contribution, resources mobilisation to support Burkina Faso with military support to cover that whole region that experiencing jihadist activities.

Again, the more fundamental issue is to deal with the internal equity issues and in such situation the issue of the function of democracy, the issue of power sharing among the population and resources distribution across the country and the capacity of the state to maintain its presence in every part of the states and the basic infrastructure health care delivery and education, housing among others.

 “If they do not structure their country in such a way that these equity issues are addressed properly you will come back to the same point. Sometimes what we call jihadist is a rebellion against the arranged system of resources sharing and opportunities conferred by the state; and if you do not deal with those ones there would continue to be grievances”.

Mr. Ayariga said people would continue to use terrorist methods to express their grievances against the state.
Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com