The Minority in Parliament has called on President Nana Akufo-Addo to walk the talk on disbanding the vigilante groups, especially the Delta and Invincible forces, to stem the growing insecurity in the country over the last 100 days.
According to the minority, the manner in which the President, with and his ruling party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has handled the nation’s internal security within the first 100 days in office is nothing but an unsecured state of affairs.
Addressing a press conference at Parliament in Accra yesterday, the minority, in a statement read by Dr. James Klutse Avedzi, Deputy Minority Leader, said the activities of pro-NPP groups are not only embarrassing the country, but have also betrayed Ghana’s young but vibrant democracy.
In analyzing the performance of the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia administration in 100 days, the Deputy Minority Leader said the government performed abysmally in the area of security and the safety of citizens.
“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 wondered how the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, prepared to safeguard the security of Ghanaians with continued talking without actions to stem the issue.
Since the NPP won power in the 2016 general elections, these twin “devil” forces have taken the law into their own hands, destroyed state property, vandalized state institutions, attacked people who worked under the previous government and seized property belonging to the state.
Recently, they attacked a Circuit Court when the court was sitting and disrupted proceedings when some of their members were dragged before the court for forcibly removing the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Agyei, from office.
The situation attracted insecurity in the country, forcing the United Nations (UN) to issue a statement condemning it, alongside several Ghanaians who also expressed worry over the devilish Invincible and Delta forces.
Even though some members of the Delta Force are being charged provisionally for the two separate incidents and currently facing the full rigors of the law for their actions, the minority thinks there is still need for the President to exercise his commanding authority.
In their considered view, the minority thinks should President President Akufo-Addo have acted much earlier after the 2016 elections, things would not have degenerated to this level to attract international eyes.
“They need to do more to set the hearts and minds of Ghanaians 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,” Dr. Avedzi stated.
He noted that, prior to the 2016 elections, the NPP was cautioned many times about the actions of these groups, but the party refused to heed to the advice and continued to nurture them till date.
Dr. Avedzi added that the President’s failure to take punitive actions against these groups indicated that he is only living the violent posture 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,” the Deputy Minority leader averred.
The minority side, he stated, is worried that there seems to be no ending of the activities of the vigilante groups, for President Akufo-Addo has not exhibited the readiness to deal with them, noting the President has obligation and 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 fear.
The Deputy Minority leader expressed the fears that the activities of the NPP groups would scare both national and international investors and tourists planning to come to the country.
On the economic front, the mnority berated the government over what they said are the high cost of living inflicted on the people of Ghana in the first 100 days of the Akufo-Addo administration.
In reaction to the government policy on tax, Dr. Avedzi said the 15% hike in transport fares has only worsened an already precarious economic situation of the ordinary Ghanaian.
The Ketu North MP took a swipe at the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, accusing him of doing little with so-called magic economics to arrest the suffering of the Ghanaian.
He said Dr. Bawumia, as a running mate, and others who made “loud noises” in opposition should ordinarily be championing excellence in government and ensuring a palpable improvement in the lives of the people, but that cannot be tested in their 100 days.
The Chairman of the Accounts Committee of Parliament also slammed government for splashing funds meant for development on party jamborees, stating Ghana’s scant resources “can never be safe in the hands of President Akufo-Addo.”
He observed that the 110 ministers and deputy ministers, as well as special assistants, some of whom are more powerful and well paid than chief directors at the various ministries, are nothing more than job-for-the-boys who helped the party gained electoral victory.
The minority underscored the need for government to fulfill its election promises for Ghanaians could not have patience to wait for four years with broken promises.
The Minority leader, Haruna Iddrissu, on his part, said the minority will continue to put government on its toes, while positioning the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as the best alternative government-in-waiting.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba