Accra, Ghana — Ghana despatched its nationwide safety minister to Burkina Faso Wednesday to fix a diplomatic rift, after Ghana’s president accused Ouagadougou of hiring Russian mercenaries to struggle militants.
Speaking to reporters after assembly with Burkina Faso’s meantime chief, Army Captain Ibrahim Traore, Ghana’s National Security Minister Albert Kan-Dapaah stated they’d a frank dialogue that sought to elucidate what Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo stated in Washington.
“We have reviewed the strong cooperation between our two countries and we have clarified to our mutual satisfaction recent reported discussions between Ghana and the United States with regard to the needed partnerships for sustainable peace in the region,” he stated.
Speaking on the U.S.-African Leaders Summit in Washington ultimate week, President Akufo-Addo accused Burkina Faso of hiring mercenaries from Russia’s Wagner workforce and giving them income from a mine as cost.
Burkina Faso’s mines minister has denied the allegations.
Researchers say a number of African nations, together with Mali and the Central African Republic, have recruited infantrymen from the Wagner Group to struggle insurgencies. They say Wagner, which is thought to have ties to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, is most commonly motivated through the risk to counterpoint itself through securing profitable herbal assets.
Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar, government director of West Africa Center for Counter-Extremism, stated Ghana’s issues are reliable as a result of Russia’s Wagner Group mercenaries wouldn’t have any monitor file of leaving sustainable peace of their spaces of operations.
“We don’t think that these Wagner forces have that sense of legitimacy in terms of building structures that are sustainable to deal with the threats. We are not seeing any measures that are aimed at building local community structures and civil society and other groups that will strengthen these countries to deal with the problem on their own. We have not had any good example anywhere and so we are very worried that it will be used for other objectives and aims, especially when it comes to regime change,” he stated.
In addition, Muqthar stated Russia is hiding at the back of the operations of the Wagner Group to make bigger its political foothold in Africa.
“In reality, it’s an element of expansionist agenda interest in seeking to expand their interest and foothold in Africa. We are seeing that their space in Europe is shrinking and so they need to expand in other territories where they have an advantage. And they do have an advantage in West Africa in many ways because for several decades of Western engagements here a lot of people have developed some sense of fatigue. Things are not working the way they expected them to work. We’re seeing democracy retrogressing and so people are looking elsewhere,” he stated.
For his phase, Vincent Azumah, head of analysis and analysis of the West African Network for Peace Building, stated Ghana has taken a smart move so as to not pressure the connection with its Francophone neighbor.
“While it is good for Ghana to raise concerns about the security of our northern borders with Burkina Faso and also to make everybody alert and to alert the world that it’s likely that this Wagner Group might want to have some incursion into Ghana, it’s also dangerous for us to now get the military elements in Burkina Faso to have some hatred for Ghana,” he stated.
Ghana and Burkina Faso have typically had a gentle and certain diplomatic dating, because of cooperation in agriculture, water, industry, delivery and safety.