Coup d’etats not solution to Ghana’s Economic Problems — Apostle Samuel Mensah

The Founder and Leader of the Savior Light in Jesus Ministry Apostle Samuel K. Mensah has charged Ghanaians especially the youth and political parties to find ways to accommodate one another to champion the development of the nation.

To him, Our unity and resolve should send a clear message to coup plotters that coups have never been, and will never be durable solutions to Africa’s political, economic and security challenges.

The reappearance of coups in Africa in all its forms and manifestations, the President said, must be condemned by all, since it seriously undermines the collective bid to rid the continent of the menace of instability and unconstitutional changes in government,

Apostle Samuel Mensah noted that Africa has experienced more coup d’états than any other continent and coup attempts on the continent having occurred in democracies. There have been at least three such occurrences in Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso, and an unsuccessful attempt in Guinea Bissau.

He condemned coup d’etat saying that coup d’etat can cause inflation, death, economic hardship , killing, famine as he quoted from 2 Kings 6-24:25 saying sometime later king Benhadad of Syria led his entire army against Israel and laid siege to the city of Samaria.

As a result of the siege the food shortage in the city was so severe that a donkey’s head cost 80 pieces of silver, and 200 grammes of dove’s dung” cost five pieces of silver.

He continued that the king of Israel was walking by on the city Wall when a woman cried out, “Help me, your majesty”. He replied, if the Lord won’t help you, what help can I provide? Have I got any wheat or wine? So when there is conflicts, the citizens suffer most.

Addressing the media on Wednesday, 27 July, 2022, Apostle Samuel K Mensah denounced suggestions that coup d’etats were the answer to the nation’s problems. He expressed worry over the resurgence of coup in the West Africa sub-region saying we must not encourage at all.

He pointed out that the economic hardship we are experiencing now is not the cause of our sins or President Nana Akufo Addo, NPP government , but we are getting to the end time so Ghanaians should stop blaming government about economic hardship as the scripture says in 2 Thimoty 3-1.

Apostle Samuel K Mensah press engagement, called on Ghanaians to be patient during this hardship and not to try anything leading to a coup d’etat. He also pleaded with Ghanaians to protect the peace we are enjoying because soo many countries wished they have such peace.

In his view of Ghana seek the IMF bailout by the government , he said is in the right direction in making sure the Ghanaian economy bounce back. Adding that Government always seek advice from Council of State so if the council have notice that IMF can help solve our economy challenges, he is fully support the idea.

“Going to IMF does not indicate a failing or broken economy. Running a nation involves borrowing and seeking assistance, particularly when you are undertaking more initiatives, particularly when it comes to social intervention programms.”

The West Africa sub-region has been hit by a spate of coups in the last two years, with the region recording three successful Military takeover over the period.

Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mail have all seen the government overthrown and replaced with a military junta. This problem requires collective agreement, effective deterrence, bold action and, equally important, adequate preventive measures

Some foreign entities regard coups in African countries as a means of enhancing their regional ambitions. As such, they engage in all sorts of disinformation campaigns in a bid to disparage the authority of democratically elected governments and instigate opposition protests against incumbents.

To my understanding, there is work to be done building our institutions, but our democracy is worth fighting for. It is up to us to find a way to accommodate each other and our differences to make things work for the benefit of the Ghanaian people”.

Delivering the keynote address at the African Union Peace and Security Council Forum on Unconstitutional Changes of Government in Africa, held on Tuesday, 15th March, 2022, at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, President Akufo-Addo stated that even though it has taken a long time for a consensus to emerge in Ghana, and, indeed, in Africa, that the democratic form of governance is preferable, “we should not take it for granted that everybody has accepted democracy as the preferred mode of governance”.

According to the President, “there are those who hanker after authoritarian, personal rule, because they claim Africa is underdeveloped and democracy is cumbersome, and we need to get things done in a hurry. There are those who seek short-cuts to office to exercise power without limits, and there are those who have no respect for the free choices of our sovereign people, because they do not accord with their so-called ideological preferences.”

Citing data from the 2019 Annual Risk of Coup Report, the President noted that Africa has experienced more coup d’états than any other continent, with thirty percent (30%) of all coup attempts on the continent having occurred in democracies.

Apostle Samuel K Mensah


Report By Bernard K DADZIE

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