Former President Jerry John Rawlings has called on Ghanaians to be extra vigilant as the country prepares for election 2020, lest risk terrorist invasion.
According to him, “credible intelligence” attributed to several sources indicates Ghana is on the radar of terrorists.
“Our country faces a real threat of terrorism with the heightened attacks in neighbouring countries,” he cautioned.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the former president said the country cannot pretend we’re immune from terrorism whiles are neighbours are under series of attacks.
“As Ghanaians we can no longer procrastinate on the matter of terrorism and assume we are insulated from the reality. The time has come for heightened vigilance by every Ghanaian as we enter a vulnerable period leading up to the December Presidential and Parliamentary elections,” he stated.
On military deployment to the Volta Region, Mr Rawlings called for collaboration between military and citizens to avoid the situation being exploited by terrorists.
“While we undoubtedly are nervous about the deployment of the military and other security agencies across our border areas, ordinary civilians can better guarantee their safety when we keep our ears and eyes open for suspicious movement and activities across our vast borders.
“In the same vein, I once again urge the military and other agencies deployed in the border regions to perform their roles above reproach and be sensitive to the mood of the people of the border areas who are already reeling under the pressures of Covid-19.
“Any unease and mistrust between the military and communities along the border areas will only create an opening for those engaging in terrorist activity to slip through, increasing the threats to our country. Cooperation and sharing of intelligence is key to confronting the challenge,” the statement read.