Over the past few years till now, the nation has experienced so much lawlessness and indiscipline. There are couple of instances where people get away with their actions, which is a breach against the laws governing us as a nation.
They do so as a result of the ‘muscle support’ and encouragement they get from some top hierarchy belonging to certain political parties in this country.
Due to this, they carry out their lawless actions with so much impunity.
On Tuesday, March 27, 2018 some party supporters of the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) exhibited some level of lawlessness and indiscipline over the arrest of the Deputy General Secretary of NDC, Mr. Koku Anyidoho, on his alleged statements of threatening the Akufo-Addo-led administration with civil coup.
The outspoken NDC deputy general secretary was alleged to have made those derogatory comments on an Accra based radio station, Happy FM on Monday, March 26, 2018.
He was reported to have said that, “on 13th January, 1972, a certain Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, led a movement which saw the Progressive Party (PP) from power. Dr. Busia was the Prime Minister and Akufo-Addo’s father was a ceremonial President.
…somebody should tell Akufo-Addo that history has a very interesting way of repeating itself.”
“There will be a civil revolt. There will be a people’s movement. During President John Mahama’s tenure, didn’t we receive similar threats from the likes of Let My Vote Count and OccupyGhana? There will be a civilian coup d’état. There will be a social revolution and the movement is starting on Wednesday, March 28, 2018,” he further warned.
“He [Akufo-Addo] will be fed up with presidency. He says he wants to become a President; he will have stomach and headache,” he said in the interview granted on Happy FM.
Mr Anyidoho’s arrest came in the wake of his alleged statements.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) was having a press conference at the Accra International Press Centre to react to journalists on the Ghana-US Military Cooperation agreement, where his arrest was effected by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
His arrest did not go down well with members of the NDC and party supporters who besieged the CID Police Headquarters in Accra, demanding his immediate release.
The mammoth crowd, barricaded the road in front of the police headquarters with logs of wood, making drivers and commuters, stuck in an unpleasant traffic.
For several hours, no vehicle was neither moving nor coming, as vehicles from the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Osu, La, and other areas plying that particular stretch were in a standstill.
It took the police quite a while to get the mammoth and irate crowd, out of the road before gradually easing traffic congestion on those routes affected.
Should the arrest of a single person hold the entire citizenry to ransom by blocking the road for his unfortunate comments made?
As a result of their lawless actions executed, do they know the precious time of the number of ordinary Ghanaians, wasted at that material moment?
Their actions are condemning and unacceptable in our democratic governance as a nation.
Instead of allowing the laws to take its due course, the irate supporters resorted in taking laws into their own hands.
The police had every right to apprehend as many people as they could get who were implicated in the mass blocking of the roads.
Their actions could have resulted in the police throwing out tear gas or hot water on them in order to disperse them, but the police acted professionally in dealing with the menace without resorting to any of the above alternatives.
In my view, the intense level of lawlessness in this country should be attributed to politicians in this country who resort to violence and lawlessness to drive home their displeasure on certain policies of the government of the day.
In 2017 last year, the nation experienced yet another an unacceptable conduct of a vigilante group, purported to be affiliated to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), known as Delta Force.
The Delta Force vigilante group stormed a court in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, to interfere in the on-going court trial of their members who had been arrested.
Their lawless action resulted in freeing all members of their group who were arraigned before a competent court of jurisdiction.
Their conduct was not only categorised by many as unlawful but also a breach of the laws of the constitution, which further brought so much shame to the NPP as a party.
Several of this lawlessness has been experienced as a nation, where people execute them with impunity.
Because a precedent has been set where people who violate the laws of this land are being treated with ‘kid gloves,’ we are surely going to experience more higher level of indiscipline and lawlessness, moving forward if we do not allow the laws to deal with such characters.
There is one thing for sure which is that nobody is above the law whether being a President, a Minister of State, a Member Of Parliament (MP), or even a politician.
The constitution is no respecter of person; therefore let’s allow the laws in our constitution to work.
And to those of us who allow ourselves to be used by politicians in this country to achieve their selfish ambitions, let us first consider that our lives are being involved here.
You must also take into consideration that you also have a family back home who are looking up to you therefore, a second thought must be given before indulging in some of these nuisances which pose threats to lives and the peace we are enjoying as individuals of this country.
Article: Bernard ARYEE, FAITH TV