The city of Ouagadougou witnessed a massive agitation among the citizenry as a response to the former leader’s desire to perpetuate his rule as a president. Many pundits have commented on the uprising with some referring to it as ‘West Africa uprising’.
The unrest in Burkina contains pockets of warning signals to Ghana and an opportunity for Ghana to learn from her mistakes. First of all, many have argued, that the situation in Ghana cannot not be compared to what happens in Burkina. Though this may be treated as a conjecture, Ghanaians must be reminded that the unrest in Burkina was not championed by the men in uniform. It was brought about by civilians. This makes it a security threat to Ghana. The Burkina Faso uprising stands unique when compare to the Arab unrest.
Why the Burkina Faso turbulence remains a threat to peace in Ghana is simple. The youth in Ghana are becoming despondent. Thousands of youth graduate from the tertiary institutions and the second cycle institution.
However, less than 30 per cent of these numbers end up in gainful employment either as entrepreneurs or civil servants. Also, many people today are being threatened because there is nothing like job security especially in the public service. Many workers on government payroll allegedly have their names missing from the payroll. Technically, the affected persons are losing their jobs. Unemployment among the youth in Ghana remains a threat to peace in Ghana.
In principle, the protesters in Burkina Faso did not only target the former leader. Members of parliament were not spared. The angry activists set ablaze the whole parliament house of Burkina Faso and vandalized many other properties. Today, there is unnecessary partisan politics in the parliament of Ghana.
It appears the honorable women and men in parliament represent more of their political parties than their constituents. The effect of this development is that, many Ghanaians now do not have faith in the politicians.
The assumption is that both the NDC and the NPP are the same. And this stand could be dangerous if care is not taking. If Ghanaians at any point in time feel that they do not have an objective alternative, the only easy way will be Ghana’s uprising.
At this time, Ghana still has a glorious opportunity to avert any form of unrest in the country. Those at the helm of affairs must think beyond the ordinary in finding workable solutions to youth unemployment. The adage that the devil finds work in the idle hands might be true.
Again, political party politics in Ghana must be objective. It really does not matter what my party stand is in advanced democracies. What is significant is what brings progress. It is true that Ghanaians value the peace the country currently enjoys, but this should not be taken for granted since human behavior may not be exactly predicted.