The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has blamed the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the lawlessness afflicting the country caused by vigilante groups of New Patriotic Party (NPP).
According to the party, the President encouraged the training of these ‘thugs’ by South African mercenaries.
‘Speaking plainly, the blame for the state of lawlessness afflicting the country must lie squarely with the President Akufo-Addo,’ the party said.
Addressing press in Accra, the minority leader James Avedzi Klutse accused the President of benefiting from the intimidation of these vigilante groups during the internal wranglings in his party in 2013 and 2016.
Mr Klutse questioned why the President allowed these ‘thugs’ to guard his residence knowing well that their activities violate Ghanaian law.
‘President Akufo-Addo is the one who benefited in the most from their intimidation and harassment of his critics within the NPP, during the bloody confrontations with that party between 2013 and 2016 in return for juicy appointments and precious gifts should he win political power,’ he alleged.
He blamed the President of sowing wind of thuggery and terrorism in opposition saying Ghanaians are now reaping the whirlwind.
‘By failing to take decisive action against these hoodlums in opposition and now in government, even as they continue to perpetrate violence, President Akufo-Addo has done precious little to shed the image of violence which many associate with him,’ he claimed.
He advised the government to stop activities of these vigilante groups who have been subjecting innocent Ghanaians to torture warning that they will not be in power forever.
Vigilante groups of NPP such as Delta Force, Invincible Forces and Kandahar Boys have been accused of causing mayhem in the country ever since the President took over power.