Security under Akufo-Addo in 100 days abysmal – Minority
The Minority in Parliament has said the manner in which President Akufo-Addo has handled Ghana’s security during his first 100 days in office is appalling.
Addressing a press conference at Parliament in Accra on Tuesday, Deputy Minority Leader, James Avedzi said the activities of pro-NPP groups bring to question, the president’s preparedness to safeguard the security of Ghanaians.
Many Ghanaians have expressed worry at the actions of pro-NPP groups; Invincible Forces and Delta Forces.
Since the NPP won power in the 2016 general elections, these groups have taken the law into their own hands. They have destroyed state properties, vandalized state institutions, attacked people who worked under the previous government and seized properties belonging to the state.
A recent development where, members of the Delta Force stormed the office of the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Agyei to forcibly remove him from office caused many to panic.
Members of the group who claim to be against the president’s choice of security coordinator demanded that his appointment is revoked, but after their petition did not get the needed attention, they decided to do things their own way.
An even more alarming action by the members to free 13 of them who were arrested and sent to court in respect of the attack on the security coordinator caused a public outcry, with many asking for the groups and others like it to be disbanded.
Although the Delta Force members are facing the full rigors of the law for their actions, the Minority is not content.
They believe if the President had acted shortly after the 2016 elections, things would not have degenerated the way they have.
The Deputy Minority Leader is of the view that “In the area of security therefore, the Akufo Addo-Bawumia led administration have been an abysmal failure and they need to do more in the coming days to earn the confidence of Ghanaians.
“They need to do more to set the hearts and mind of Ghanians at peace. They should desist from choosing political expediency over reason and stop turning a blind eye as their thugs unleash more violence on Ghanaians,” he stated.
Mr Avedzi said the NPP had been cautioned many times about the actions of these groups, but refused to heed to the advice.
He observed that by failing to take the decisive actions against these groups, president Akufo-Addo is only living the violent posturing that has been associated with him.
“Everything that has happened since Akufo-Addo came to power vindicates our position. Sadly, Nana Akufo-Addo showed this thuggery and terrorism in opposition and Ghana is now reaping the fruits.
He got elected against all odds, but he should not construe his electoral victory to mean an endorsement of a violent approach to governance,” Mr Avedzi stated.
He was worried there seem to be no end in sight to the activities of these groups, because President Akufo-Addo has not exhibited the readiness to deal with them.
He said the President owes it to the people of Ghana, irrespective of their political affiliations or professions, the protection they need to go about their daily activities without trepidation.
But “Ghana today under Akufo-Addo government is witnessing state sponsored thuggery and terrorism and we the citizens have watched on helplessly as our compatriots have been subjected to brutal assault, harassment and intimidation,” he said.
Mr Avedzi fears that the recent incidents will scare investors and tourists planning to come to the country.
“The NPP must know that what may have won them power will not sustain them in office…for the day of reckoning will come and they will be found wanting.
“President Akufo-Addo end this violence now,” he stressed.