The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) has released its 15th edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI) report which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness and Ghana has been ranked the second most peaceful country in Africa. On the world level, Ghana is ranked 38th which represents a two point move upwards, from the previous Global Peace Index report.
Mauritius was ranked the most peaceful country in Africa and the 28th most peaceful country in the world. Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya, Central African Republic, Sudan and Mali ranked the least peaceful countries in
The Chronicle is excited about the news and is using this medium to congratulate all Ghanaians for this achievement. In a world and a continent where war, terrorist activities and kidnappings have become the order of the day, ranking second on a Peace Index is no joke. The IEP has being in this business for years and so their work cannot be underrated.
Whilst we celebrate this recognition, it must also not be lost on us the increasing number of robbery cases being recorded in recent times. We advise the government to put stringent measures in place to ensure total protection for the good people of Ghana. The fact that we have been ranked second most peaceful country does not mean we should go to sleep.
In consolidating these gains, we should first of all tackle the insecurity in the country, as a result of armed robbery activities.
In a twinkle of an eye, two bullion vans have been attacked by armed robbers in the Greater Accra and Central regions, leaving a policeman and a bystander dead. If measures are not put in place to curb this menace as early as possible, criminals will be emboldened to continue their heinous crimes and the country will suffer for it.
Another issue we should also be mindful of is the upsurge of terrorist attacks in Ghana’s neighbouring countries. There is a Ghanaian proverb which says that: “when your neighbour’s beard catches fire, you fetch water and put it by your side”.
On June 6, 2021 more than 7,000 families fled their homes in Burkina Faso’s northern region, following the area’s worst massacre in years. The mass flight came after gunmen killed at least 160 people and wounded dozens of others in an attack on Solhan village in Yagha province.
Ordinary people crisscross the borders of Ghana on daily bases to trade and the probability of terrorists fleeing into Ghana is possible, which does not make us any safe.
The threat of potential terrorist strike on Ghana from her northern neighbour is real. The Chronicle is, therefore, happy that the Upper East Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has beefed up security in the area to prevent any attack.
It has been reported that a police internal memo suggests that a group of bandits from neighbouring Burkina Faso had allegedly entered Ghana in an attempt to launch an attack in Bolgatanga, Tamale and surrounding environs.
According to the internal memo, the bandits, who are in possession of military-grade weapons infiltrated the country “at yet to be identified locations in the Northern Regions and are poised to launch the attack any moment from now.”
The Chronicle believes Ghana should always be on high alert along her borders since her relatively peaceful political environment serves as an attraction to bandit and terrorist groups to operate from.
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