…As Ghanaians demand thorough investigation into allegations
Following the fracas between the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms. Otiko Djaba, and the Northern Regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Mr. Daniel Bugri Naabu, the saga seems far from over, as civil society groups, the minority members in parliament, academia and well-meaning Ghanaians continue to call for further probe into those damning allegations made by the two key members of the ruling New Patriotic Party.
Already there had been calls for sanction and other punitive measures to be taken against them by the government and other state institutions.
Although Otiko Djaba and Bugri Naabu have been coerced by the NPP hierarchy to offer apologies to the President and the good people of Ghana, after a crunch meeting of the party’s National Council held in Accra, some members of society strongly believe that such remorseful gestures displayed by the feuding two are not enough, since the allegations they threw at each other stand unsubstantiated and appear to implicate some leading government officials, hence the need for as further investigation to be conducted by the investigation arm of government to ascertain the veracity or truth in the matter.
The National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament for Juaboso Constituency in the Western Region, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, during an interview with this paper, insisted on the interdiction of the Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister for alleged human right violation meted out to her own husband.
In one of his allegations, Mr. Bugri Naabu revealed how Madam Otiko Djaba has locked up her husband in their matrimonial home for years against his will and failing to care for his basic needs.
During his interview with Accra-based XYZ Radio, the Northern Regional chairman of the NPP said this unfortunate development has resulted in a rift between Otiko Djaba and her step-children.
Responding to this revelation, the former deputy Minister of Land and Natural Resources said such an allegation is very serious and it goes a long way to undermine the office Otiko Djaba is currently occupying as a minister.
According to him, the Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister is one of the very sensitive posts of government that requires a personality with the embodiment of fine qualities, including love, empathy and compassion, and if such an allegation of human rights abuse has been leveled against her by no less a person than a leading and influential member of the ruling party, then It is worthy of investigation and if found culpable she should be made to face the full rigors of the law.
Mr. Akandoh described the recent impasse as a critical issue that should not be taken lightly, and called on Ghanaians not to accept the apologies rendered by the two leading members of the ruling New Patriotic Party, but rather put pressure on the government and the security agencies to, as a matter urgency, initiate investigations into the various allegations.
Meanwhile, the NDC National Women Organiser, Hajia Joyce Zaynab Mahama, has demanded an unqualified apology from the Gender Minister to all Ghanaian women.
She told this paper that since the minister is a woman and represents the Ghanaian woman in such a lofty position, it is incumbent on her to uphold the dignity and sanctity of womanhood in such an office and eschew traits that would bring disgrace to the Ghanaian woman.