Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante has pressed on the two main political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) to put the interest of the nation ahead of their party’s interests.
In a good-hearted message to the two dominant political parties in Ghana, chairman of the National Peace Council, Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, stressed the importance of putting the country's interest ahead of party interest.
He urged the NPP and NDC to superimpose the nation’s interest over their parties'.
And said the two parties must measure their submissions regarding disbanding vigilante groups in the country.
The New Patriotic Party chairman, Freddie Blair has said the party fully supports the views of the peace council chairman while stating that the party is ready to collaborate with stakeholders in finding a permanent solution to the issue of vigilantism.
Prof. Asante, who was speaking at an NPP-NDC meeting at Peduase stated that “as we try to comprehend our individual and collective roles in eliminating vigilantism and all its ramifications, I entreat you to consider the following: We owe it to our people to live up to the values and aspirations that propel our forebears to fight for the freedom we currently enjoy and probably even take for granted…Our political leadership, especially the NPP and the NDC have a responsibility to contribute to the fulfillment of these aspirations.”
NPP party chairman, Freddie Blay remarked that the menace of vigilantism and its implications must be addressed to save the country from its negative consequences.
On the other hand, NDC National Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo emphasized the need for commitment from all the stakeholders involved.
“It takes human beings to ensure that solutions are found. The bill itself and its passage will not be a panacea to the challenges that we are facing. What I believe we should do is to be talking frankly and honestly in dealing with this situation…. If we approach it cosmetically, then of course we will still one day find the situation devouring us,” Ofosu Ampofo said.
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