Former National Security Minister Kofi Totobi Quakyi has descended on the Akufo-Addo government over the recent shooting in incident in Ejura that killed two protesters.
Men in military and police uniform shot into the demonstrators Tuesday when they marched for justice for a member of the community who was murdered by a mob.
The deceased whose death sparked the angry protest, Ibrahim Mohammed, also known as Kaaka, was a member of the Economic Fighters League–a group that is protesting on social media for good governance.
Security analysts have blamed the police and military for being trigger-happy in recent times, leading to the government setting up a committee to inquire into circumstances surrounding the gory incident.
But in a statement, Totobi Quakyi has stated the youth is being frustrated by the government that should be offering solutions to their challenges.
He tasked President Akufo-Addo to act immediately to quell the tension rather than fuelling the anger of the youth.
“He must show leadership and prove
his sincerity by his actions,” the former National Security Minister stated.
He added, “The scenes we witnessed on live television demand complete transparency and full accountability in the form of a credible investigation that the Ghanaian public can
support and believe in.”
To him, a “mere Ministerial inquiry does not meet the mark, as confidence in same is undermined by this administration’s nonchalant approach to past enquiries of that nature and subsequent refusal to accept, let alone implement, recommendations as was the case with the Emile Short Commission findings.”
Mr Quakyi went on to send his heartfelt condolences to the victims in Ejura, their families, and the entire community.
Despite his disappointment in the government, Mr Quakyi called for restraint in the hope that justice will be done this time, adding “because we cannot afford otherwise.”
“Wisdom must prevail in this moment to keep the guardrails of our democracy from buckling beyond repair.”
He concluded that in the midst mistrust among the youth, “the national interest must prevail over the parochial.”