Recent terrorist attacks in some West African countries have kept Ghana on high alert and caused Ghana's Head of States and Commander in Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to call on Ghana's security forces to put their lives on the line of danger to protect others as is consonant with their calling as security forces.
The President also noted that unlike the civilian community who have the luxury of sleeping comfortably with both eyes shut, security forces by the nature of their job are usually required to have one eye opened to safeguard the security of the country. The President further admonished the Security Forces to know the sacrifice they have to make to be able to wear the security uniform. "The supreme sacrifice must always be before you and you have to put your life in the line of danger to protect others", admonished the President Akufo-Addo while interacting with Security Forces along Ghana's border with Burkina Faso in the the Upper West Region of Ghana.
While reminding the Ghana's security forces about the threats the country faces, the President was also quick to remind the ordinary Ghanaian of their role in keeping the country safe. He called for closer collaboration between civilians and the security forces in helping to keep Ghana safe.
Violent Extremists and insurgents have been launching attacks on some countries in the West Africa sub-region including Ghana's neighbors Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Togo, killing many and destroying properties. While ECOWAS leaders fight to keep the ECOWAS region safe, it is imperative for countries to find holistic approaches in preventing attacks on their citizens, thus avoiding the associate humanitarian crisis that comes with such violent attacks. Already Ghana is grappling with the influx of refugees fleeing attacks from Burkina Faso. An in-country attack on Ghanaians in the border towns with Burkina Faso would take a great humanitarian and economic toll on communities in those areas.
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