Akufo-Addo only sets up Committees to cover-up sins – Asiedu Nketiah

General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah is skeptical about the outcome of the committee set up by the government to probe the circumstances surrounding the Ejura killings.

The renowned politician does not believe President Akufo-Addo is committed to instituting sanctions to persons in his government who flout the laws.

Speaking to Kwame Minkah, host of  Dwaboase on Power FM, Asiedu Nketiah stated his party will continue to hold the government to account in the face of what he described as growing lawlessness by militias of the NPP administration in the security services.

The NDC chief scribe justified why he joined the demonstration organised by the NDC youth wing to seek justice for the family of a social activist Ibrahim Mohammed (Kaaka) who was murdered by a mob last week.

Kaaka’s death sparked an angry protest at Ejura in the Ashanti region last Tuesday where a joint taskforce of police and military shot sporadically into the civilians, killing two.

6 others were injured in the process, sparking a national conversation on insecurity in the country.

President Akufo-Addo later instructed Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the shootings.

But Asiedu Nketiah who is affectionately called General Mosquito believes the probe will not bring any difference, arguing that recommendations from similar probes in the past were rejected by the government after it indicted persons close to the corridors of power.

He recounted how the government rejected recommendations of  the Emile Short Commission of Inquiry after the Ayawaso West Wuogon bye-elections violence.

“President Akufo – Addo always sets up a committee or Commission of Inquiry whenever government wants to cover up an issue,”  Asiedu Nketiah argued.

March for Justice

The demonstration dubbed ‘March for Justice’ saw thousands of Ghanaians join the NDC to seek justice for the families of the Ejura killings which the NDC describe as state-sponsored thuggery.

Johnson Asiedu Nketiah while addressing the crowd charged President Nana Akufo-Addo to secure the country and tackle indiscipline within the security services.

Nketiah said if the president feels threatened by the street protests and want them no more, then he must ensure that the country is governed well and ensure the rule of law reigns else they will stage series of demonstrations to demand better governance irrespective of whose image is being dented.

Asiedu Nketiah said this while addressing a crowd of protesters in Accra Tuesday.

“They [the government] did not want us to protest. They said our protest will spread COVID-19 but we are being killed every day by hoodlums packed into the security services. The bullet kills faster than COVID and so until the killing stops, we will demonstrate,” he said.

The party has cited the rejection of the Emile Short Commission of Inquiry recommendations after the Ayawaso West Wuogon bye-elections violence as a basis for their position.

Asiedu Nketiah who pledged his party’s support for the demonstration said he believes the men in uniform that shot into the protesters at Ejura were members of pro-NPP vigilante groups who managed to secure employment into the security service after their party won power.

“If the president doesn’t want people to protest, he should let the country be secured,” he said to the crowd.

“Let there be peace. If you don’t want us to demonstrate remove all your vigilante boys from the military and the police, “he charged.

Present at the party are top NDC officials, including National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo; Vice Chairman, Sofo Azorka and other national executives.



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