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We should not underestimate the threat to Ghana's peace and security

Ghanaians have been told not to underestimate the threat to the nation’s security by the global rise in radical and extremist ideologies.

Retired Military Officer, Colonel Kofi Arthur, said the country was not an island - not immune to negative outside influence.

Chaos playing out in some the neighbouring countries, the jihadist activities should put everybody on the alert.

He was contributing to discussions at a town hall meeting on secessionist and violent extremist activities held at Anloga in the Oforikrom Municipality.

The program was organized by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE).

Col Arthur said identifying potential threats to the national security should be put on the front burner.

The commitment to doing this should be total and non- negotiable, he added.

The ex-serviceman, underlined the need to create more job openings for the youth, noting that when the young people were actively engaged, they would be less susceptible to radical external influence.

He encouraged the people not to hesitate to flag up any suspicious characters to the security agencies.

A Commission Member of the NCCE, Hajara Rufai, called for everybody to be patriotic - put the nation ahead of any other consideration.

Proliferation of illegal small arms, drug trafficking, cybercrime and unrestrained destruction of the environment were identified by contributors to the discussion as some of the threats to security that required to be promptly tackled.

In the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the the United States(US), terrorism has increasingly become a new tactic of warfare and a key security threat, both in Africa and globally.

Terrorism is in itself an evolving glabal issue, and is among the most complicated and demanding security challenges for the international community.

On the African continent, for instance, terrorism has continued to affect people's fundamental human rights both directly and indirectly, including contributing to high numbers of people being forcibly displaced from their residences or countries.

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