Dr. Eric Oduro Osae, a governance expert and legal practitioner has described the menace of political vigilantism in the country as being bigger than it is being perceived in the country.
According to him, there are prominent people in society who are significantly contributing to the phenomenon and that there is a whole market for vigilantism in Ghana.
‘’We have pastors in this country who have Macho Men following them, we have chiefs and land owners who use land guards and we have prominent people in this country who use them. So there is a whole market for vigilantism in this country that we need to deal with and so we need a national conversation on that matter’’ he averred.
Speaking on Accra based Joy Fm’s flagship talkshow programme Newsfile Saturday March 2 2019, Dr. Osae opined that the issue of political party vigilantism is not limited to political parties alone.
He supports calls for a national dialogue on the matter, saying such a dialogue must be apolitical in nature and must draw all who matter in the peace process in the country.
In his opinion, the National Peace Council must lead such a national conversation, adding that other organizations mentioned by the NDC in their letter to president Akufo-Addo to be included in the discussions are not sustainable and should be left out.
‘’I am of the view that we should have a national conversation and that conversation must be started by the National Peace Council, they should start it. In fact all the institution that the NDC mentioned, on what basis should they be invited? UNDP, they are not sustainable, we have the sustainable National Peace Council, an institution that can help us’’ he added.