Osabarima Adjei Mireku
The Chief of Osiem in the Akyem Abuakwa part of the Eastern Region has embarked upon a patriotic venture worthy of emulation by not only his colleague traditional leaders but also citizens who have the country at heart.
Osabarima Adjei Mireku has
mobilized his people to be vigilant upon discovering an upsurge of foreigners suspected
to be undocumented in their communities.
Suspecting that such
persons could be intending to use the countryside location of their communities
as safe havens stands him out as a man who understands what leadership entails.
The chief and his people
are not performing the national task alone but in collaboration with the police
which for us is heartwarming. As a people, we must begin to show sincere love
to our country by protecting it against anything that can affect it negatively.
When criminals come into our country and we sit on the fence without responding,
our non-response constitutes an act of irresponsibility.
When we embark upon such
patriotic missions, we must be mindful of the legal implications of our
As citizens of member
countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), these
persons have certain rights which we might not understand and appreciate;
therein lies the reason why we must involve the security agencies such as the
Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) personnel who can easily tell a foreigner who
is legally living here and one who is not.
Our flanks have been opened
for far too long, the frontiers largely porous, making it easy for foreigners
to come in and leave as they wish. It is humanly impossible for personnel of
the GIS to police the long stretch of our borders the financial outlay beyond
Even the US is struggling
to police its borders efficiently. That is why the issue of border protection
and managing internal security requires collective effort from both the
citizens and the relevant security agencies.
We are pleased that the
Osiem Chief in one instance invited a suspected foreigner to his palace because
of perhaps an infraction. He handed over the suspected defaulter to the police
– a civilized way to handle such matters.
It is important to note
that vigilance should not be restricted to even Ghanaians and when there is
suspicion about illegality, the security agents must be invited. Being a
responsible citizen includes conducting ourselves in this fashion.
Physical attack of
foreigners as it happened in Kumasi should never be encouraged because our
country wields an enviable aura in the comity of civilized nations, an
attribute which should be protected at all costs.
The lawlessness of some
bad nuts from Nigeria notwithstanding branding all nationals from that country
as miscreants is unacceptable.
Even while we remain
vigilant and ready to report suspicious characters to the security agents – both
citizens and foreigners – we must maintain our age-old hospitability for which
we are known.