Most Reverend Francis A.K Lodonu, Catholic Bishop of Ho, on Monday said that the military is incapable of governing Ghana.
He said: “It is not possible for the military to govern Ghana. Democracy is very entrenched here, and even if the country collapses, the call will be for re-election and not military coup d’état”.
Bishop Lodonu, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in HO, over fears that that economic conditions and labour agitations in the country could trigger military coup d’ etat, said the Church and civil society organizations would not tolerate military takeover because they believed that a “bad democratic government is better than a good military government”.
Bishop Lodonu said Ghana has become the torchbearer for democracy in West Africa and that suggestions and fear of military coup d’états were far-fetched.
He called on striking workers to be calm, and said the current agitations in the labour front were due to lack of adequate preparation before the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Policy.
“It appears things are not working well. The confusion is natural,” Bishop Lodonu noted.
He appealed to government to remain calm, thoughtful and depend on “think-tanks” instead of giving quick responses and retracting them later.
Mr Mark Woyongo, Minister for Defence, in an interaction with military personnel at the 66 Artillery Regiment on Thursday, called on officers in the military to hold regular durbars with other ranks and explain developments in the country to them.
He said such interactions were necessary to disabuse their minds of people that there could be unrest in the country, in view of “certain comments in the media aimed at causing unrest.”