The #FixTheCountry conveners and social media protesters should not be suppressed by any means because their demonstration rights are enshrined in the country’s constitution and also good for Ghana’s democracy, says a National Democratic Congress spokesman.
Alhaji Mohammed Naziru, who is a fierce critic of the Akufo-Addo-led government, said on Morning Update on TV XYZ that the government is trying to cover up its inefficiency by preventing the youth behind the #Fixthecountry to hit the streets to demand from the New Patriotic Party administration to fulfill its lofty promises to the Ghanaians people.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday nullified a police restraining order that was secured from an Accra High Court to stop a planned protest dubbed #FixTheCountry, which aims at piling pressure on the Akufo-Addo government to fix the numerous challenges Ghana is saddled with.
The Supreme Court presided over by Justice Yaw Appau today, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, described the High Court’s order as an error, thereby granting the group their reliefs.
However, the Ghana Police Service has issued a warning to the public to disregard any call by the leadership of the aggrieved youth to join the demonstration.
The Greater Accra Regional Police PRO, Effia Tenge, who disclosed this stated that despite the Supreme Court’s ruling on Tuesday, June 8, which quashed a High Court order that sought to restrain the conveners from taking to the street of Accra to demonstrate, the aggrieved group cannot protest.
But Alhaji Naziru believes there are deliberate tactics by the government to frustrate the group and get them to stop the protest, citing the protesters have the right to complain about the hardship in the country stemmed from the government of Ghana’s bad policies that have risen the cost of living.
He said if the government saw it right to organize a lavish funeral for former CEO of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, also known as Sir John, which was attended by thousands of mourners including President Akufo-Addo, his vice: Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, and other high government officials in the wake of COVID-19, then they have no right to prevent the protesters from demonstrating.
The imposition of restrictions Act 2020(Act 1012) which seeks to prohibit mass gathering in the wake of the pandemic was openly disregarded by high government officials last weekend at Sir John’s hometown, Sakora Wonoo.
The government has come under harsh criticisms for what many describe as “reckless” and unlawful.
To Naziru, President Akufo-Addo ought to show the “suffering” Ghanaians some respect by allowing the youth to protest openly, and not hide behind COVID-19 laws to to gag them.
He also cleared misconceptions that the group was being micromanaged by the NDC, stressing they are Ghanaians, most of whom are disappointed NPP supporters, who are demanding better living conditions as taxpayers.
“There is over-borrowing, abnormal taxes, No bed syndrome [in hospitals], deep-rooted corruption [among government appointees], Dumsor and high cost of living,” he justified his position for supporting the group.
Naziru further criticized that despite the hardship in the country, “the president sees a priority for hiring a private Jet of GHC 2.8 million for relaxation” and quizzed “does this make sense?”