The immediate past head of the Pentecost Church, Ghana, Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah, has commended President Akufo-Addo for expressing interest to initiate a legal framework to disband all vigilante groups if political parties fail to do so voluntarily.
The Vice Chairman of the Peace Council said it was commendable for the president to express the interest in disbanding vigilante groups because its a threat to state security.
He asked the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress to heed to the call of the president, and meet to find a plan towards the disbandment of all these lawless groups.
Apostle Professor Onyinah challenged Ghanaians, religious leaders, traditional leaders and civil society organisations to join forces together and help in ending the act of vigilantism once and for all.
He spoke against political thuggery, greed, cheating and asked for credibility, transparency and accountability on the part of all political parties especially during elections.
The plot to rig elections he lamented breeds vigilantism hence the need for all political parties to desist from all forms of rigging to sustain the credibility of Ghana’s electoral process.
President Akufo-Addo has challenged the two parties to disband all vigilante groups voluntarily or he would be forced to initiate a legal framework to deal with the problem.
In his State of the Nation’s Address on Thursday in Parliament, he said “I have asked the leadership of the NPP to extend an invitation to the leadership of the NDC for such a meeting on vigilantism. 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. Vigorous debate and the exchange of ideas should be the true basis of political dialogue and competition in our country, not the activities of party vigilante groups.
“What was tolerated over the years cannot and must not be accepted anymore. 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 occur under my watch.”