The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has asked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to take strict measures to stop the lawlessness perpetrated by pro-government vigilante groups.
The Invincible Forces and Delta Force have been perpetrating violence since Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn into office in January this year. Members of the Invincible Force ceased state properties and offices while the Delta Force recently assaulted the president’s regional security liaison in Kumasi and also freed from a circuit court, 13 of their colleagues who were standing trial for that crime.
Condemning the activities of these groups at a press conference on Monday, 10 April, the chairman of the PPP, Nii Allotey Brew-Hammond said Nana Akufo-Addo should take steps to disband the vigilante groups without fear or favour and make sure Ghana does not become a failed state under his watch.
“In strongest terms, with the current lawlessness happening in the country and the clear lack of leadership by the ruling New Patriotic Party to deal with, as well as the hypocrisy and complicity of the opposition National Democratic Congress as an all-time key contributor and actor in the crisis on our hands, we demand that the president take urgent steps to stop the lawlessness with immediate effect to save our country from degenerating into an ungovernable society and a sure candidate for failure as a state under his watch,” he stated.
Mr Brew-Hammond also issued a three-month ultimatum to government to end illegal small-scale mining activities (galamsey) in the country or face them at the International court of justice.
According to him, galamsey has already poisoned majority of the nation’s water bodies, degraded farmlands and is threatening to dry up sources of treatable water to the extent that Ghana will have to import safe drinking water in less than five years if the menace is allowed to continue.