We need Actions, Not Words on NPP lawlessness

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo hasn’t still grasped what’s needed to stop the apparent lawlessness of New Patriotic Party (NPP) youth, who have been on the rampage since last year.

The Commander-in-chief of the army has given us words and not actions, since the start of this onslaught in December 2016. The attacks have been carried out more than 18 times, on political opponents, party members and sometimes police officers.

President Akufo-Addo has been condemning lawlessness of political party supporters since February 2017 but nothing has happened.

“Wrongdoing has no political colour and I do not subscribe to the lawlessness of political party supporters simply because their party has been elected into office,” he made this remark when he delivered his first State of the Nation Address.

That was it, just talk, talk and more talk. Nothing more.

In April this year, Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Agyei was mulled by NPP vigilante group, Delta Force for allegedly accepting a position he didn’t suffer for. The group argued its leader deserved the position because of his tireless efforts last year, which led to the party’s victory.

Public condemnation compelled the President to make half-hearted tirade against the action. He promised to crack the whip on any party supporter that tows the same path.

But days later, the same Delta Force group raided a Kumasi Circuit Court and freed 13 of its members who were being tried for Mr Agyei’s attack. The response from the government was pathetic and shameful. President Akufo-Addo called some media men together and made another unfulfilled promise.

He said he won’t waver in his resolve to serve the country under the “condition of rule of law.” But Ghana has been under the rule of words and not law and actions.

The attacks have tripled in October, with some senior members of the NPP on the run for their lives.

There are grave disturbances in Karaga and Sissala West in the Northern Region perpetrated by NPP youth and you have the President making another promise.

Speaking at the 2017 Ngmayem Festival at Manya Krobo last Friday, President Akufo-Addo assured Ghanaians the law will work. Again?

“I want to reiterate the commitment of our government to maintaining the peace and security of our country. The application of the laws of the land will, in the words of the judicial oath, without fear or favour,” he said.

But in the end, it will be another promise with no concrete action to back it. The President has been poor in the area of internal security and this is disappointing.

The Ghana Police Service has also been incompetent in handling the crisis because of its politicization. With the Inspector General of Police (IGP) being a product of a political decision, Ghanaians should not expect anything good from the Service.

But the police are capable when they are going to arrest people who are linked to political opponents for offences that could describe as baseless. A typical example is the mindless arrest of Appiah Stadium for allegedly insulting President Akufo-Addo.

The spectacle the police are wearing is so thick that it has prevented them from seeing the mayhem that NPP thugs are plunging the country into. We will all see the smouldering wreck when the entire building is torched.

But as the leader, one would have hoped Mr Akufo-Addo would be eager to deliver real relief to Ghanaians as the attacks continue, but he is still just in the talking stages.

All bark and no bite are what Ghanaians get from the President anytime they complain about the newly found lawlessness of NPP youth.



The author, Austin Brakopowers is a Broadcast journalist at Joy99.7 and views expressed here are exclusively his and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Multimedia Group Limited or Myjoyonline.com. You can reach him via Brakomen@outlook.com

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