President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the leadership of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to collaborate with the leadership of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to discuss and find ways of stamping out political vigilantism in the country.
The President who gave the directive during his state of the nation address to the legislature said “I have asked the leadership of the NPP to extend an invitation to the leadership of the NDC for such a meeting on vigilantism. The security services of the country will be on standby to assist this meeting’’.
President Akufo-Addo noted further that ‘’if voluntary disbandment by the parties is not feasible, then I will initiate legislation on the matter. Vigorous debate and the exchange of ideas should be the true basis of political dialogue and competition in our country, not the activities of party vigilante groups’’.
The president said Ghanaians must not take the country’s peace and security for granted, adding that what has transpired and was accepted over the years can no longer be tolerated.
‘’What was tolerated over the years cannot and must not be accepted anymore. We must not take our peace and security for granted not for a moment. Our children and grandchildren will not forgive us if we were to compromise our peace and stability. I will not permit that to occur under my watch’’.