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Mike Oquaye: Coups are not an alternative to good governance

Oquaye’s admonition follows comments by the dean of the University of Ghana Law School, Professor Raymond Atuguba that Ghana’s current financial state is a threat to its democracy.

The former Speaker of Parliament Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye is cautioning persons touting coups in Ghana to refrain from making such utterances.

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Oquaye’s admonition follows comments by the dean of the University of Ghana Law School, Professor Raymond Atuguba at a recent public lecture in Accra, that Ghana’s current financial state is a threat to its democracy.

“A big part of why certain coups succeed and others fail is the economy. What is the state of Ghana’s economy today?

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Prof Raymond Atuguba
Prof Raymond Atuguba

“At the level of the most irreducible idiomaticity, Ghana is broke. Your nation is radically broke. So broke, the Speaker of Parliament has publicly warned, gavel in hand, that we may not be able to pay the salaries of public sector workers in the next three months,” he said.

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However, in a strongly worded opinion piece, Oquaye condemned the comments saying Ghana cannot return to “our dark past”.

Below is Oquaye’s full piece:

https://www.scribd.com/embeds/563632541/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&access_key=key-qd1FohE30Ns2Jmb8y7Vh

Source: Asaase Radio 99.5

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