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Too early to ask Akufo-Addo to speak on Ejura clashes – Prof. Asante

Former Chairman of the National Peace Council has said it is too early for Ghanaians to call for President Akufo-Addo to speak on the Ejura protest that led to the killing of two persons.

Most Rev. Professor Emmanuel Asante’s comments follow concerns raised by many social media activists and a section of Ghanaians who texted into various radio shows including Dwaboase on Power FM, demanding that the President speaks on the matter as he often silent on matters of such nature in the country but quick to speak to those that happen elsewhere.

When the host of Dwaboase on Power FM, Kwame Minkah, put this to Prof. Asante, the former leader of the National Peace Council was quick to jump to the defense of the President, saying it is too early to have him speak on the matter when he does not have the full details.

“When he [President Akufo-Addo] does not have the full details of the matter,” Prof. Asante said in Akan.

Background

About 6 persons are receiving medical treatment in the Ejura Government Hospital after the security personnel shot indiscriminately into the civilians that were protesting the murder of a social media activist in the area.

The social activist, Ibrahim Muhammed (Kaaka) died on Monday, June 28, 2021, after he was attacked by a mob when he was returning home on his motorbike on Sunday.

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He’s alleged to have been killed because of his social activism, which some felt was making the government unpopular.

Most Rev. Professor Asante who spoke on Dwaboase on Power FM believes the security personnel did not act professionally.

The police should have acted well, “he bemoaned the shooting incident and added, “What happened at Ejura retards the country’s progress.”

The preacher man further urged the various stakeholders in the matter to let law and order prevail so that security in the area can be beefed up.

The Ashanti Regional Police Command has announced that it has launched an investigation into the matter but the military and police have come under criticism, following the death of the two protesters.

MP for Ningo Prampram, Sam George believes the men in military uniform who opened fire on the crowd are pro-NP vigilante group members who were integrated into the Ghana Armed Forces.

Speaking on the Gumbe Show on TV XYZ, the MP said with no concern for the lives of the innocent youth, the governing New Patriotic Party NPP unleashed thugs in military uniforms to shoot and kill innocent people who are seeking justice for their dead colleague who was believed to be a critique of Nana Addo led government.

“All this is happening because NPP has packed the army with useless thugs. Some of them have been arrested as armed robbers,” he fumed as he bemoaned the clash.

Warning

Meanwhile, a renowned security expert and academic, Prof. Kwesi Aning has warned recurrences of such an uprising may heighten if the government does not swiftly move to address concerns of the youth in the country.

Aning, who is also the Director of Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, blamed the unrest in Ejura on the lack of political will to address the challenges confronting the youth.

Prof. Kwesi Aning is Director of Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.

“Ejura is only a symbolic representation of the frustrations across this country. Quite a number of our own leaders have spoken about youth frustration, unemployment, as a toxic mix. Ejura has demonstrated that we’ve now moved from the rhetoric of seeming to be concerned,” he observed in an interview with Joy News.

He added, “When the State and its representatives over time, signal to people, that they don’t matter, it contributes to building frustrations.”

“We need to say, ‘look, how do we improve our policing so that it doesn’t tip over these aspects of people’s frustrations,” he warned.

To him, the killing in the Ashanti Regional town could have been avoided if intelligence gathering by the security agencies had been effective.

 

Source: Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

 

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