The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) has said Ghana cannot afford to switch to military rule because it is not the solution to the current economic challenges.

IDEG’s comment comes as Ghana marks the 30th anniversary of holding a referendum leading to the approval of the 1992 Constitution.

The executive director of IDEG, Emmanuel Akwetey, said any attempt to give the military a chance to take over power will erode the democratic gains made over the last three decades.

“At the end of the day, we can be told that our per capital income has rapidly grown, and then you ask yourself ‘if there is an invasion of our country, could we survive in our districts?’ What is the state of economic development, public service delivery, healthcare, housing, water and so on,” Akwetey told Asaase Radio’s Kwaku Nhyira-Addo on Friday (29 April).

“So, there is some serious dissatisfaction with the system, and those very frustrated like the youth, some of them say well military coup will solve the problem.

Not a choice

“And actually among the youth, if you sat in a taxi and talk to taxi drivers, you get the feeling that people think that the military will do better than multi-party democracy. But they are wrong, the day the military comes they will see that they cannot speak by heart,” he said.

Akwetey added: “Most of the FM stations will be closed… and yes, the TV stations will shut down and they will not tolerate a lot, so it is not a choice.”

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