Former youth organizer for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sidii Abubakar says it was unfortunate to pass the comments on vigilantism without apologizing to Ghanaians.
The youth politician told rainbowradiooline.com that, he could say for a fact that, ‘’if there is any leader in this country who has benefited from the activities of vigilantism, it is Nana Akufo-Addo. He has benefited from it.’’
In his view, it was because of this vigilantism that Nana Akufo-Addo is president of Ghana today.
He was reacting to the call by President Akufo-Addo on the two major political parties i.e NEW Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to voluntarily disband their vigilante groups.
Delivering his ‘State of the Nation Address’ on Thursday, the president said ’the only way in our system to begin to deal with politically-related violence is through the work of a Commission of Inquiry. I hope the findings and recommendations of the Emile Short Commission will enable us chart a path to ending politically-related violence in our country.’’
He firmly said, ‘’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 grandchildren will not forget us if we were to compromise our peace and stability. I will not permit that to occur under my watch.’’
‘’I want to use the platform of this message to make a sincere, passionate appeal to leaders of the two main political parties in our country, NPP and NDC, to come together, as soon as possible, preferably next week, to agree on appropriate measures to bring an end to this worrying and unacceptable phenomenon of vigilantism.’’
‘‘The events last Monday, in Kumasi, where a meeting of the national and regional executives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was broken up by acts of violence, leading to the tragic death of a citizen, have reinforced the urgent need for us to find that path.
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.’’
But reacting to the comments by the president, Sidii Abubakar said, it would have been proper for the president who has benefited from the activities of vigilantism, to apologise to Ghanaians after he realised their existence was a threat to Ghana’s democracy.
He said, it was completely absurd for the president to have suggested he would initiate a legal framework to address the issue should the political parties fail to voluntarily disband these groups.
‘’I wish he should have first of all most; if he really wants to be committed that he should have apologised to Ghanaians because he is the one who is the architect of it…of all the presidents who passed on the baton to him, who benefited from vigilantism?
‘’I am not okay with the statements that he has made and I believe there is more to it than meet the eye…I don’t he think he should be commended because I believe he has benefited from it. So I wish he had apologised.’’
Sidii Abubakar stressed that real commitment towards the disbandment of vigilante groups, should have come with an apology first.
He opined some of the president’s personal guards are products of vigilantism and so he cannot be praised for calling on parties to dissolve their groups when he has not apologised.