The Founder and Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Mr. Akwasi Addae popularly known as Odike, has strangely revealed another coupe d’etat is imminent in the West African Sub-region.
In an interview with Oheneba Boamah Bennie, host of Dwaboase on Power FM, the business mogul-turned-politician observed that although Guinean special forces toppled the government of Alpha Conde recently, the issues surrounding the coup are prevalent in other West African Countries.
“Most of what happened in Guinea that led to the overthrow of the government are happening in other African countries, escalating the anger among the youth,” Odike noted. “There will be another coup in West Africa.”
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He said unemployment has been a major challenge in African Countries as the leaders keep turning deaf ears on the concerns of the youth and heightening corruption scandals in many governments including Ghana’s.
Odike who is not happy about the impunity in the Akufo-Addo government asked Ghanaians to speak up against the bad policies of the government, saying the NPP administration has disappointed people with its “terrible governance,”
Unemployment threatens Africa’s Democracy
Odike’s concerns on youth unemployment has inundated various discussions in themedia space, following a ‘job and career fair’ that was initiated by YEA recently to provide job opportunities for the youth.
The near stamped that characterised the exercise, leading to some partakers incurring wounds from a broken glass.
Analysts have said the job opportunities in the country are few hence the huge crowd that thronged the Accra International Conference Centre to try their luck last week.
Reacting to the development, a former Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr. Akwasi Oppong-Fosu appealed to the Akufo-Addo-led administration to expedite measures to tackle the growing youth unemployment in the country.
The local governance expert who was speaking on the Gumbe show on TV XYZ admitted that the joblessness among the youth in Ghana is very dangerous to the democracy of the country, stressing that something ought to be done about it before the hungry youth strike.
“We all know the youth are the strength of the country, so if they do not have jobs and are hungry, then the country will always be in conflict,” he lamented.
He was speaking on the current state of affairs of the country as well as the impact of the coup d’etat that has toppled the government of Alpha Conde in Guinea.
To him, the military takeover would not have happened if Conde had worked towards tackling the challenges confronting the youth of the country, adding “the youth were not happy about the happenings of the country especially when jobs were not available while they grappled with hardship that was getting tougher each day.”
He attributed the coup to the growing “misuse of power and the lack of accountability” in the subregion but was quick to add that the Guinea situation escalated when Conde made amendments to the constitution and ran for the presidency again while anger among the people kept growing every day.
“What brings about such chaos is about the abuse of power and the huge sums of monies lost through corruption. When the youth are suffering like that, they are forced to do anything to stop the misuse of power,” Oppong-Fosu added.
Touching on the joblessness situation in Guinea, Oppong-Fosu also noted that “unemployment is a big deal in Africa and that is why a chunk of the youth usually migrate through the deserts and onto the high seas with the hope of seeking greener pasture abroad but end up suffering.”