MAVERICK POLITICIAN, Dr. Sekou Nkrumah has questioned President John Mills' commitment to peace given what he says is his [Mills'] reluctance to broker peace between feuding factions in conflict prone areas in the country.
Sekou asked whether the President puts more priority on scoring cheap political points than ensuring the security of the citizenry.
'When somebody said the price of kenkey was GH¢ ¢1.00, the President dashed to the market immediately to go and buy and see for himself but in Hohoe where there are clashes and human lives are lost, he won't go there?' he quizzed.
Sekou Nkrumah was reacting to recent ethnic conflicts across the country on Asempa Fm's Ekosii Sen programme Tuesday.
The country in recent times has witnessed pockets of tribal conflicts leading to several deaths.
The latest was in Hohoe in the Volta region after Moslem youth and indigenes were involved in bloody exchanges following the exhumation of the body of a chief imam who was buried on Sunday.
The angry Moslem youth attacked the Palace of the Gbi traditional area and destroyed cars owned by Togbega Gabusu, chief of Gbi Traditional area, accusing him of ordering the exhumation of the body.
In retaliation, loyalists to Tobgega Gabusu also attacked Moslems and set fire to shops. Due to the clashes, curfew has been imposed on Hohoe with the police and military stepping in to restore law and order.
However, Sekou Nkrumah maintained that President Mills must show demonstrable action to make Ghanaians aware of government's effort to restore calm in the conflict zones.
'The President must be visible in addressing this problem. He needs to meet with the stakeholders in this [ethnic conflicts] issue. That alone solves 50% of the problem.”
Dr. Nkrumah said the President as the Commander in Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces has everything at his disposal to visit victims of the ethnic clashes in a day, but could not fathom the silence of the presidency.
He wondered why President Mills moved swiftly to ascertain the real price of a ball of kenkey at the Nima, Maamobi and Mallam Atta markets, all in Accra, when Nana Akomea alleged that the price of kenkey had gone up but has failed to visit conflict prone areas with the same vigour.
The outspoken politician urged the government to quit the populist attitude and secure adequate security for Ghanaians.
He feared the repercussions of these conflicts ahead of the December general elections.
'I don't think it is becoming pleasant especially going into the 2012 elections. Some of these things can create a problem for us and I don't think we want to go in that direction. People in authority need to sit up.”
Sekou Nkrumah added that the onus lies on President Mills to show active leadership and ensure peace in the run up to the December general elections.
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