A retired military officer and a security analyst, Captain Joel Sowu has criticised attempts by the Homeland Study Group Foundation to secede the Volta Region and parts of Ghana into an independent state known as Western Togoland.
He believes the members of the group could petition the United Nations over their desire to be an independent country, rather than resorting to unlawful means in pressing home their demands.
Capt. Sowu on Eyewitness News also questioned whether persons demanding the secession had been mandated by the people of the Western Togoland.
“If some people are getting up today to say they want to see change, the first thing we have to ask ourselves is if that is the right way to go about it. Do we have empirical evidence to say that the people of British mandated Togoland who are part of Ghana today want to go back or want to secede? So whose authority are they using to be doing what they are doing? If they feel they have the locus, is the methodology they are using the right way?”
“After a certain number of years if they feel they cannot move with Ghana anymore they have to petition the United Nations. The United Nations can engage Ghana and have discussions at a very high level to come to a conclusion to find out the way forward but the way they are going about it is not the right way,” he said.
Capt. Sowu believes the group’s petition to the UN will allow for “this matter to be discussed properly by the Security Council and the General Council and the way forward can be chartered.”