Only Akufo-Addo Can Put An End To Vigilantism In Ghana

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Although, the issue of vigilantism is not new to this country, it became more pronounced when Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, became the leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The situation assumed alarming proportion when he was sworn in on January 7, 2017, as the president of the republic.

The hooligans, who had terrorized his political opponents, extended their thugery and uncouth behavior to his own appointees, forcibly removing some from office, because they do not like the person.

President Akufo-Addo, in all of the unruly instances, had only paid lip service to doing something about it, until the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, which became the final nail on the coffin.

A Commission of Enquiry, has been set up by the government, to among other things, to make a full, faithful and impartial enquiry into the circumstances of, and establish the facts leading to, the events and associated violence during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election; to identify any person responsible for or who has been involved in the events, the associated violence and injuries; to enquire into any matter which it considers incidental or reasonably related to the causes of the events and the associated violence and injuries; to submit within one month its report to the President, giving reasons for its findings and recommendations, including appropriate sanctions, if any.

The Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST) Committee is still fresh in our mind, so was the Visa For Seat Scandal Committee, not forgetting the Australian Visa Scandal.

It is the opinion of this newspaper that, only the president, has the power to put to an end to the issue of vigilantism, until he says they should be disbanded all the talks and commissions, will not yield any result.

The president is a militant by nature, which is why his political life is dogged with demonstrations and violence.

Vigilantism should be appropriately framed as a war between Ghana and the criminals which affects every fabric of our society.

 

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