Political parties have been urged to stop entertaining vigilante groups, as they pose a threat to the country’s peace.
Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa, Dr. Ibn Chambas, noted that the existence of such groups can cause civil unrest.
He cited Nigeria’s Boko Haram as an example, saying, the insurgent group started as a political vigilante group but later turned around to haunt the people of the West African country.
Dr. Chambas also asked political party leaders fight against extremism, which he said was high in the West African sub-region.
The UN official also appealed to political parties and politicians to ensure tranquility during the 2016 general elections.
“Election year means there will be heightened political tension. But please let us keep all of that safe. The UN will do its best to accompany this process so that we can have credible and peaceful elections,” Dr Chambas said.
He made these comments during the launch of a book jointly edited by New Patriotic Party (NPP) vice presidential candidate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and Prof. Kwaku Appiah-Adu, Vice Dean for the Central Business School.