Archbishop calls for troops to be brought home

 

Archbishop calls for troops to be brought home

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George Conger

The Archbishop of Ghana and Primate of West Africa, the Most Rev. Daniel Sarfo, has urged his government to bring home troops serving in overseas peacekeeping missions to protect the country from the threat of domestic terrorism and Boko Haram. In an interview published over the weekend by the Ghana News Service, Archbishop Sarfo -- who served as a chaplain to the forces for 15 years and retired from active duty upon his election as bishop -- argued military strength was being frittered away on missions not essential to the security of the West African nation. Approximately 12 per cent of Ghana’s army currently serves outside the country in UN peacekeeping operations, with large contingents serving in Liberia, Lebanon, South Sudan, and the Congo. Archbishop noted the expansion of Boko Haram and ISIS’s theatre of operations outside Nigeria and the Middle East to West Africa was a clear and present danger to Ghana’s security. He further noted that the internal security situation was worrisome with skirmishes between farmers and Fulani pastoralists in the north and mining companies and illegal miners made even more deadly by the influx of weapons into the country following the collapse of central authority in Libya. The archbishop urged his government to use its resources wisely and it was now time to bring the troops home.

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