The proverbial hospitality of Ghanaians is becoming a threat to our national security. If nothing is done on how we reverse and manage this subject, time will come when the country will be overwhelmed by persons who do not even qualify to reside in the country.
Hardly do we as Ghanaians want to find out who our neighbours are, let alone know which part of the world they hail from and their security status.
Let us not misconstrue this concern. We do not seek to have this hospitable attribute of ours reversed, no, never. All we are asking for is that we should not overstretch the attribute to the extent that our frontiers become useless and anybody can just move in and stay here without any regard for the existing law in migration.
Some of the Fulani herdsmen, the source of tension in some parts of the country, are nomadic and they migrate at will with total disregard to the laws of Ghana. Perhaps because that has been the order over the years we have not found it necessary to review our positions against the backdrop of recent security in the West African sub-region.
Emerging developments, dangerous as they are, demand that we review our hospitality status and the enforcement of our immigration laws to prevent human threats to our national security from setting foot on the country.
The Enquirer is dumb-founded at the fact that, a young Fulani boy of age 16-year, obviously a non-Ghanaian, can arm himself to the extent of killing an indigene of Agogo.
It is unacceptable that Fulani herdsmen would continue to abuse our laws to the extent of engaging in armed robberies across the country.
The Enquirer appreciates the level of intervention by security of our land and the collaboration of leaders of the Fulani to find a lasting solution to this menace.
This lasting solution is on the right path but must be done in a manner that would anger any of the faction to avoid reprisal, for already the indigenous people are angry and when pushed to the wall they would push back.
For it is not enough to have security personnel descend upon the town without seeking a lasting solution to what has become a perennial challenge, which has led to loss of life and property.
It has come to fact that , anytime these Fulani activities are recorded we are quick to arrange such ad-hoc security interventions, which though not out of place, does not offer the permanent solution required under the circumstances.
What The Enquirer wants to ask is, is there no way local authorities across the country can be supported to manage Fulani herdsmen, who come to their areas to graze their cattle through registration and monitoring?
The Enquirer is of the view that, the national security authorities should take the bull by the horn and tackle this subject holistically, given the recurring nature of the challenge.
We cannot afford as a nation to sit down unconcerned as nomadic elements continue to wreak havoc and death on our compatriots.
Source: The Enquirer