The Coalition for National Sovereignty Convener, Mr Bernard Mornah, has stated that the acts of insensitivity of the Akufo-Addo government to media freedom portend a clear danger to the state of security.
He maintained it also has a potential of chaotic destabilization of Ghana’s democracy.
“On this note, we are recalling the pain and anguish of Ace journalist Ahmed Suale, who died in the line of duty. May he Rest in Perfect Peace.
“In addition, may the haunted souls of Manasseh Azure and that of Edward Adeti find divine preservation and safety in our troubled Ghana,” he said.
Addressing a press conference in Accra, he assured journalists that the coalition will support them in this difficult time of unwarranted attacks on free speech and media freedom in Ghana.
“It is also important that we remind President Akufo-Addo that, peace once lost can never be restored. Indeed, no country has ever been able to recover the state of peace that was once lost.
“Peace is not only the absence of war, but also the presence of rule of law actualized in the equal, fair and egalitarian treatment of all persons,” the coalition Convener added.
Mr. Mornah said Ghana is in a state of fear, saying “people are insecure. Wives, women and girls are being raped, market women are being robbed, husbands are being shot to death by contract killers, and party-militia clothed in state security regalia are visiting mayhem on Ghanaians.”
He added that the Takoradi kidnapped girls continue to be out of coverage area and their families and loved ones have only received empty assurances from government.
“In Ghana today, many people walk around in town while constantly looking over their shoulders to be sure they are not being trailed. There is no day or week that we have not heard of murder, robbery and kidnap cases.
“It makes it more scarier to note that, the CID, BNI and other Security Agencies look on, hopelessly and helplessly, unable to nip this canker in the bud,” he said.
He wondered why the culprits in the Ayawaso West Wuogon violence have still not been arrested, investigated and prosecuted, even after the Emile Short Commission submitted its report to President Akufo-Addo.
The coalition demanded an immediate resignation of the Inspector General of Police, COP Asante Appeatu for losing complete control of the police service, to the extent that properties and equipment of the service were used in such a terror operation sanctioned by another security agency with or without his knowledge.
“Worst of all, the Director of CID who is supposed to show concern to the plight of the women whose children and husbands have been affected, has been turned in to an errand girl for the Government and to undertake the NPPs dirty works.
“Incidentally, the COP Tiwaa Addo Danquah led CID, is now a conduit for needless political persecution of the opponents of the Akufo-Addo government. There has been widespread and large scale selective application of the law in most instances,” Mr. Mornah said.
He added that the unlawful persecution of political opponents will not be tolerated by the Coalition, as it must remain in the past where it belongs.
“Indeed, any attempt by the Ghana Police to continue on this path of persecuting the National Chairman of the NDC, must be resisted by all progressives and well-meaning Ghanaians with any force we can command.
“We wish to send a note of caution to COP Tiwaa and her NPP-militia infested police, that any attempt to forcefully arrest Mr. Ofosu Ampofo shall constitute an attack on his fundamental human rights and for that matter an attack on all progressive forces,” he said.
Mr. Mornah said the coalition will therefore rise in a series of mass actions to demand that the right thing is done according to the laws of this country.
“It is very disappointing to note that, beyond the series of statements by the President’s personal Prophet Rev. Owusu Bempah, relating to who killed Ahmed Suale and where the three kidnapped Takoradi girls are, he is still not an interested candidate for thorough investigations.
“Yet Akufo-Addo’s bastardized Ghana Police Service led by this same COP Asante Apeatu and COP Tiwaa Addo Danquah has the effrontery to be harassing political opponents over frivolous allegations,” he stressed.
In a sharp display of monumental contradiction, he noted, when a journalist of XYZ FM, Salifu Mugabe Maase, admonished a colleague journalist to be careful, because his life could be a subject of incessant death threats and attacks following his investigative work into the secret operations of the NPP militia at the seat of the Presidency, he was speedily arrested and arraigned before court.
“As we speak Manasseh Azure, a journalist at Joy FM has just returned to Ghana after seeking asylum in a foreign country where he was on a self-imposed exile occasioned by the attacks and threats on his life by government operatives,” he said.
He condemned the Rambo style closure of Radio Gold and XYZ; while the Council of Elders of the NDC was holding a live press conference to decry the harassment, intimidation and selective justice against its National Chairman, Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo.
The Coalition for National Sovereignty believes this constitutes a clear attempt to mutilate press freedom and muscle free speech.
The Coalition also serves notice of mass actions and “we shall be in Takoradi on 25th June, 2019 in the Western Region and subsequently in Kumasi, Ashanti Region on 25th July, 2019.”