Former President John Mahama has heavily criticised President Nana Akufo-Addo over the secessionists’ attacks in the Volta region.
The group of people, suspected to be members of a secessionist group demanding that the Volta region be ceded to them as Western Togoland, attacked the Inter-City STC yard in the Volta Regional Capital, Ho on Monday September 28 and destroyed some of its coaches. That was after they embarked on road blockades on the Ho-Accra highway last Friday.
The development has generated a big discussion both on traditional and social media, with some Ghanaians and security experts blaming the government for treating the group with kid gloves.
Although there security personnel deployed to calm the situation while some of the group members have been arrested, Mr Mahama believes the Akufo-Addo government is not serious about the issue.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer in an interview with Eric Ahianyo on TV XYZ Thursday morning condemned the activities of the secessionist group and urged President Akufo-Addo to show leadership.
“President Akufo-Addo is not serious about it…He must take a bold action,” Mr Mahama stated and explained that the activities of the group undermined the sovereignty of Ghana.
He said the president should not have been touring the country while some persons go around vandalizing properties, demanding the government to give them a part of the country.
“This is a sovereignty issue…[but] the government has a lackadaisical attitude…I don’t know whether they are inept or what,” Mr Mahama jibbed as he called for Nana Akufo-Addo and his National Security Minister to treat the issue with seriousness before it escalates.
Meanwhile President Nana Akufo-Addo, who is touring the Ashanti region, has assured Ghanaians that his government will handle the matter to the admiration of all.
Speaking on Kumasi-based Hello FM, Mr Akufo-Addo stated ” I know the work that God has appointed me to do; if I panic, the entire nation will also panic. That is not the purpose of leadership. I’m supposed to assure people that our country will work. What is happening in the Volta Region… it’s just a handful of people, these secessionists – we’ll deal with it. I have no doubts about it.”
He further said his government was on top of the issue and urged Ghanaians to believe in his capabilities.
By Henryson Okrah|Mypowerfmonline.com