President Akufo-Addo rallies support for global action against terrorism at UN 

President Akufo-Addo rallies support for global action against terrorism at UN 
President Akufo-Addo speaking at 77th United Nations General Assembly

By Rebecca Ekpe

President Akufo-Addo speaking at the 77th Session Of The United Nations’ General Assembly in New York has described the current terrorist threats and political destabilization on the African Continent as a global issue that needs urgent global solutions.

“A watershed moment, indeed, it is, and history will judge us harshly if we do not seize the opportunity to make the changes that will enable us deal with the many problems we face”, the President posited.

The threats in the Sahel region was poignant in the President’s delivery.

“A case in point is the destabilising conflict in the Sahel. It might look to many, today, as a local conflict which affects only the countries in that region. We, in Ghana, know differently, we have watched in horror as the unrest has moved from the Sahel, inexorably, to the West African coastal countries. All of Ghana’s neighbours have suffered terrorist attacks, and some have lost territorial space to the invading forces”.

President Akufo-Addo put the issue in context pointing to the need for solutions.

“The terrorist pressure has provided a pretext for the unhappy reappearance of military rule in three (3) of the fifteen (15) member ECOWAS Community, two (2) of whom have borne the brunt of the terrorist outrages in the Region – Mali and Burkina Faso. It is a
development we are determined to reverse so that the ECOWAS space remains a democratic one. “

The threat is indeed taking an economic toll. President Akufo-Addo did not mince words.

“All of us in the Region are being forced to spend huge amounts of money on security. This is money we should be spending on educating and giving skills to our young people; on building much needed roads, bridges, hospitals and other such infrastructure, which we are spending to fight terrorists or to keep them out from destabilising our countries”.

“This is a global problem, deserving the attention of the world community for a global solution”, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo stated.

President Akufo-Addo at the 77th Session Of The United Nations’ General Assembly in New York has described the current terrorist threats and political destabilization on the African Continent as a global issue that needs urgent global solutions.

“A watershed moment, indeed, it is, and history will judge us harshly if we do not seize the opportunity to make the changes that will enable us deal with the many problems we face”, the President posited.

The threats in the Sahel region was poignant in the President’s delivery.

“A case in point is the destabilising conflict in the Sahel. It might look to many, today, as a local conflict which affects only the
countries in that region. We, in Ghana, know differently, we have watched in horror as the unrest has moved from the Sahel, inexorably, to the West African coastal countries. All of Ghana’s neighbours have suffered terrorist attacks, and some have lost territorial space to the invading forces”.

President Akufo-Addo put the issue in context pointing to the need for solutions.

“The terrorist pressure has provided a pretext for the unhappy reappearance of military rule in three (3) of the fifteen (15) member ECOWAS Community, two (2) of whom have borne the brunt of the terrorist outrages in the Region – Mali and Burkina Faso. It is a
development we are determined to reverse, so that the ECOWAS space remains a democratic one. “

The threat is indeed taking an economic toll. President Akufo-Addo did not mince words.

“All of us in the Region are being forced to spend huge amounts of money on security. This is money we should be spending on educating and giving skills to our young people; on building much needed roads, bridges, hospitals and other such infrastructure, which we are spending to fight terrorists or to keep them out from destabilising our countries”.


“This is a global problem, deserving the attention of the world community for a global solution”, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo stated.

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