Speaking at an event in Accra to mark the electoral violence that stunned the state, the NDC flagbearer explained: “My brothers and sisters, everyone who professes to like Ghana, the only region we have, really should be anxious about the President’s steps which has nearly definitely emboldened criminal features within his federal government and social gathering to attempt extra assaults towards political opponents, specifically with elections just about 10 months away”.
He extra: “Let me make this incredibly very clear: we have arrived at a important position and Ghana’s long run as a tranquil, united country is at stake. On 7th December, 2020, as they have promised us a repeat of the bloody gun violence, this time on a national scale, there will be harmless university youngsters all-around and that is why we cannot hold peaceful.
There will be pregnant women of all ages and the aged existing and that is why we must not continue being silent. There will be Christians, Muslims, traditionalists and folks of all faith appropriate there and that is why we will have to cease them now”.
He urged the protection organizations to be qualified as the state prepares for the December polls.
Under are specifics of the assertion by Mr. Mahama
REMARKS BY NDC FLAGBEARER HE JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA
COMMEMORATIVE DURBAR: AYAWASO WEST WUOGON VIOLENCE
Friday, January 31, 2020.
Good morning and thank you, my brothers and sisters, for joining us here at La Bawaleshie.
Ordinarily, a accumulating in just the thirty day period of January of the New Calendar year would have been predicted to be festive.
However, our collecting right now, which has introduced alongside one another not only users and good friends of the NDC but Ghanaians of all walks of lifetime, is anything but celebratory. It is a memorial of discomfort, anguish, and of betrayal of believe in.
A calendar year back nowadays, just shut to this really floor we are standing on now, harmless Ghanaians waiting around to cast their ballots were violently attacked and some hurt, ironically, in the training course of an workout that was predicted to consolidate our progress and maturity as a democracy.
On that fateful day, a day that has tragically and disgracefully absent down in our background as a “Black Thursday,” our country, like a thing out of a horror film, witnessed an assault on citizens- a extreme assault, the likes of which has by no means occurred prior to other than all through the era of brutal military services regimes.
We experienced all imagined that all those terrifying times when men in uniform performing with impunity, visited unimaginable atrocity in opposition to innocent citizens was about until finally bash thugs dressed in stability outfits and their collaborators in police uniform introduced again that nightmarish encounter throughout the 31st of January 2019 by-election of Ayawaso West-Wuogon.
My expensive friends, women and gentlemen, even though we are all witnesses to that sordid record, we ought to try to remember that it is those who have been bodily maimed and other individuals who have been mentally scarred from the encounter, with their family members and liked kinds, who bear and re-stay the memory and the soreness just about every day.
The cowardly act of barbarism perpetrated by authorities aspects in opposition to citizens whose only desire was to choose a Member of Parliament for them selves could have been worse.
Fortunately, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as it experienced always done during our democratic journey due to the fact 1992, on that day, the moment once more confirmed management and set the peace and safety of the country 1st by withdrawing from that election.
Without a doubt, afterwards functions would prove that the dastardly act was an orchestrated plan that was supposed to be replicated at other voting centres to intimidate and suppress our assist base, and we have been exonerated.
A single yr following that disgraceful chapter in our nation’s life, there are issues that keep on being unanswered.
Why must any accountable authorities compromise the safety of the country by infiltrating its security established-up with militia members forming the main of a specialised SWAT device that the IGP, underneath whose command they ought to fall, confessed he realized nothing about?
If the latest structure of our Nationwide Security remains the similar, in a situation where by we will need security, do we look for refuge in the law enforcement who were unaware of rogue things making use of their car, and who stood passively by as all those elements rained terror on innocent civilians?
Why is President Akufo-Addo who must be defending the legislation make mockery of it, therefore environment a perilous precedent by accepting that assault is permitted if a single believes one was provoked?
Why did President Akufo-Addo fake he cared about vigilantism and wanted to tackle it and still refused to abide by key suggestions of the Emile Short Committee, which amongst others incorporated the prosecution of recognized offenders and the disbanding of the illegal, parallel SWAT device?
My brothers and sisters, anyone who professes to adore Ghana, the only country we have, really should be concerned about the President’s steps which has virtually absolutely emboldened prison things inside of his federal government and celebration to try more assaults against political opponents, in particular with elections just about 10 months away.
Enable me make this pretty crystal clear: we have arrived at a significant position and Ghana’s long run as a peaceful, united country is at stake. On 7th December, 2020, as they have promised us a repeat of the bloody gun violence, this time on a countrywide scale, there will be harmless faculty little ones all-around and that is why we simply cannot preserve tranquil.
There will be pregnant girls and the aged existing and that is why we ought to not remain silent. There will be Christians, Muslims, traditionalists and folks of all faith appropriate there and that is why we will have to cease them now.
There will be media personnel and others when they begin their promised attacks and that is why we must resist the rule of oppressors. No Ghanaian can sit on the fence boasting neutrality each one particular person throughout our country have to stand up and pick out the facet of Ghana.
We call on the Nationwide Peace Council not to make it possible for them selves to be railroaded into serving as a beauty veneer to make the authorities search as although it is tackling the make any difference of vigilantism.
Ghanaians are hunting up to them for neutral, decisive direction and they cannot disappoint them. They will have to be brief to publicly condemn the war drums that federal government functionaries are sounding, with the obvious acceptance of the federal government, ahead of the 2020 elections.
The Peace Council has a sacred responsibility to advocate that the criminal components that have infiltrated the National Protection set-up are taken out so that self-assurance can be restored in our stability and Ghanaians can go to the polls to elect the up coming President in an environment that encourages totally free, reasonable and transparent elections.
In summary, I would like to state obviously that the assault suffered by citizens, at the palms of their personal govt, a federal government that was constitutionally certain to guard them, will not just go in vain.
We will do anything in our energy to assure that they acquire justice, even if not straight away, really quickly.
Thank you, and May well God Bless us all.