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14.06.2007 General News

All is well – National Security boss

By Daily Guide

The National Security Minister, Mr. Francis Poku, says Ghana is a safe haven so long as Ghanaians are collectively anxious for its road map to democracy to become smooth and firm.

"I believe Ghana is safe for everybody including myself, and thanks to good governance and policies of President John Agyekum Kufuor, cemented by the overwhelming desire of Ghanaians for democracy to succeed, Ghana is safe," the soft-spoken security capo is quoted to have told the Daily Guide on Wednesday.

Francis Poku's comment followed Daily Guide's enquiries about a story published in Wednesday's issue of Gye Nyame Concord, alleging that certain unnamed persons, with some of them traced to factions within the national security set up, planning to assassinate the security minister.

Although he declined to get into details of the report, Mr. Poku is said to have emphasised that the security of the state was paramount and that it was not about any single individual.

"At least the story did not say other persons are targets, which would have given me sleepless nights. Our job is to protect every citizen.

"However, we don't need to create panic situations with issues and reports of assassination plots here and there, especially as we have a very important conference (African Union) just round the corner," he cautioned.

The Gye Nyame Concord had suggested that the Minister was written to by the unknown group threatening to execute him should he “continue to thwart their numerous efforts to have their way in this country."

Mr. Poku would however not be drawn into whether he has received any such report or not, according to the Daily Guide.

"In our line of work we see and read a lot of things, but it's not about us, but the state," he told the Daily Guide.

Source: Daily Guide