The politicisation of national security and support being offered to thugs in the Npp operating under the guise of vigilante groups is the cause of what we witnessing across the country. This is not the first time thugs in the Npp have attacked a state institution.
It has become an accepted practice among Npp thugs because instead of bringing the perpetrators to book, the government led by President Akufo-Addo and the Npp to our utmost chagrin, not only shielded the criminals from prosecution, but also provided them with lawyers and security. The party’s officials and government officials take advantage of dysfunctional government to intimidate and blackmail security agencies for their selfish and party’s interest and in the process, endanger the safety of lives and property of Ghanaians. These Npp thugs operating as vigilante groups use the name of the President to intimidate government officials and to unleash savage violence on innocent citizens. Their aim is to cause panic and force the government and party to fulfil promises they gave them during the campaign. Some have even threatened to expose how the Npp won the 2016 election. A stalwart of the party Mr Kennedy Agyepong openly warned his government that he will tell the world how the Npp won the 2016 election if the party allowed the court to prosecute those hoodlums who attacked a judge in her court. Apart from his usual sweet and populist rhetoric, there has not been any decisive action from the President or his government. Instead of prosecuting these hoodlums, the President has beefed up security around them and has recruited some of them into our national security outfit and other sensitive state agencies as security operatives. Some of them are being trained secretly at Asutware and other places.
Instead of treating this menace with the seriousness it deserves, the Npp and the Akufo Addo government have politicised the issue. They know these hoodlums and their activities but will deliberately blame their nefarious activities on the NDC just to cover these hoodlums. Abronye, an activist of the Npp was recently attacked by some Npp thugs in the Brong Ahafo Region. Instead of coming out boldly to condemn the attack on their member, they surprised everybody including the victim when they issued a statement blaming it on the NDC. Abronye later rubbished his party’s position by telling the world how his own party’s thugs attacked him with iron bar and stones. The wind of insecurity blowing across the nation, particularly the upsurge in violence is not unconnected to the politicisation of security in the country and the support government is giving to these hoodlums.
The Npp has always denied accusations against the party with regards to attacks on state institutions by its thugs and supporters. The party always blame the Npp even when its offices come under attack. Under this administration, the rule of law is slowly giving way to the rule of jungle.
How different is the Regional Minister’s action from what the Attorney General did when she issued a nolle prosequi and freed hoodlums who courageously stormed a court, chased out the judge and vandalised the place? How different is the Regional Minister’s action from those who allowed the hoodlums who attacked the regional security coordinator to escape proper prosecution.? I think the President was just looking for an opportunity to daze the public with his tricks and fortunately for him and unfortunately for the regional minister, this opportunity landed for him to actualise his dream.
Many Ghanaians including some of the President’s own party members decried the situation where these hoodlums acted with impunity but the only response they received from the President was his usual sweet talks with his party shifting blame on the NDC. It is time the President denounce acts of indiscipline among his party activists and ask them to behave in conformity to the principles of good governance.
The President’s own All die be die philosophy is part of the problem. Why he recruited mercenaries from South Africa into the country prior to the 2016 election has still not been explained. Why he brought down the Serbians to trains Npp thugs has still not been explained. You don’t plant cassava and harvest cocoa.