Akufo-Addo’s commitment to fighting vigilantism mere rhetoric – Chief Biney

Deputy National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC),
Chief Biney Hamilton Nixon, has said President Akufo-Addo’s supposed commitment to fighting vigilantism is mere rhetoric.

Chief Biney noted that the President only talks big on political vigilantism but has very little to quell it.

He was reacting to President Akufo-Addo’s recent public statements on the need to end political vigilantism and violence in Ghana.

The president has said the vigilante phenomenon was a shame and blip on the nation’s concience.

During his speech at the 62nd Independence Anniversary, he appealed to the leadership of NDC and NPP to come together and agree on appropriate measures to bring an end to “this worrying and unacceptable phenomenon of vigilantism in our body”.

“If voluntary disbandment by the parties is not feasible, then I will initiate legislation on the matter,” the president added.

But Chief Biney on Adom FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Tuesday, said President Akufo-Addo was only paying lip service to disbanding party militia

According to him, the President cannot pretend party militia or vigilante groupings are now springing up in Ghana because he superintended over their establishment and benefited fromtheir activities while in opposition.

He wondered why President Akufo-Addo is calling for serious national effort to eliminating political vigilantism and yet abhors the proposition of the NDC to include all stakeholders who speak against vigilante groups to be part of the meeting.

The NDC Deputy Organizer is certain the posture of the President is “hypocritical” and betrays the essence of his call.

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Chief Biney added that until the President accepts the NDC’s demands, the fight against vigilantism will not yield any results.