Former Chief of Staff to former President John Agyekum Kufuor, Mr. Kwadwo Mpiani, has expressed fears that an uprising may be looming over the country.
According to him, the uprising could be similar to the Arab Spring in which a wave of discontent youth in Tunisia, arose in 2010 and toppled the government with violent demonstration after a frustrated Tunisian youth set himself ablaze over joblessness and hardships in the country.
“I am not really bothered about a likely coup d’etat. I worry about a possible uprising that could arise out of unemployment in the country. You see somebody who has finished the university with no job has nothing to lose and can get up one day and decide to cause chaos,” Mpiani stated.
“I fear there may be a similar occurrence as was witnessed in Tunisia sometime back if we do not tackle the high rate of unemployment.”
Mr. Mpiani, a respected NPP stalwart made the fear known in a chat on Accra-based Citi FM.
The expression of the apprehension comes amidst spiraling unemployment and hardships in the country.
Symptoms of mass youth disenchantment have found expression in an unprecedented increase in ritual murders by youth who are resorting to otherworldly means to acquire wealth.
Also, there have been increases in armed robbery and violent crimes, while the local business world has failed to rebound after the Akufo-Addo government collapsed many private banks and microfinance institutions.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), Justin Koduah Frimpong, recently admitted that the government has more to do in dealing with the rising unemployment among the country’s youth.
Meanwhile, amidst the problem, the Akufo-Addo government has been borrowing heavily and lavishing the governing political elites with expensive lifestyles, including President Akufo Addo abandoning his presidential jet for a super-expensive private jet for all his foreign trips.