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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appealed to the two main political parties to come together to combat political vigilantism in the country. President Akufo-Addo admitted that the rate at which these groups and their activities are gaining roots in the country is alarming and put the country security at risk.
Delivering the State of the Nation Address to Parliament on Thursday in accordance with Article 67 of the 1992 constitution, the President said.
“I want to use the platform of this Message to make a sincere, passionate appeal to the leaders of the two main political parties in our country, NPP and NDC, to come together, as soon as possible, preferably next week, to agree on appropriate measures to bring an end to this worrying and unacceptable phenomenon of vigilantism in our body politic.
“I have asked the leadership of the NPP to extend an invitation to the leadership of the NDC for such a meeting. The security services of the country will be on standby to assist this meeting. “If voluntary disbandment by the parties is not feasible, then I will initiate legislation on the matter.”
He said vigorous debate and the exchange of ideas should be the true basis of political dialogue and competition in the country, and not the activities of party vigilante groups.
He added that what was tolerated over the years cannot and must not be accepted in present day.
“We must not take our peace and security for granted— not for a moment. Our children and grandchildren will not forgive us if we were to compromise our peace and stability. I will not permit that to happen under my watch. Our forebears paid too high a price, with their blood and toil, to bequeath to us this beautiful nation; the lives of our citizens are too precious to waste.
“So, let us come together shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand and let us all be guided by the inspirational words of (the second stanza of) our national anthem,” – he stated.
However, in a reaction shortly after the Address, the Honorable Member of Parliament (MP) for the Asawasi constituency who doubles as the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Muhammad-Mubarak, suggested that individuals from the party political vigilante groups who have been recruited into the various security agencies should be dismissed to ensure a high standard of professionalism in the security agencies.
He said for security agencies to have true professionals the President should take a bold step by dismissing all unqualified security personnel from the various agencies.
Source: Theresa Adezewa Ayittey