ACCRA: NDC Embarks On Peaceful 'March For Justice' Demonstration (Videos+Pic)
Hundred of followers of the largest opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Tuesday, July 6 embarked on a peaceful demonstration dubbed 'March For Justice' in Accra.
According to the NDC, they believe the peaceful demonstration will bring to an end the killing of the Ghanaians adding that the citizenry are not criminals.
Speaking exclusively to Thinknewsonline.com, the National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo said "The deaths are more than enough. The death of one person is even one too many. We don't want to see these deaths anymore"
He added that the NDC and its youth will continue to demonstrate till the Akufo-Addo government treats the citizenry in a good manner.
"We will demonstrate against insecurity and also demonstrate for the well-being of the people of this country"
On his part, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampraam, Sam George said "As you can see, the demonstration is going on peacefully and everyone is observing the covid protocols unlike President Akufo-Addo when he attends funerals"
He further described the demonstration as a clear statement from Ghanaians adding that the youth should arise and demand from President Akufo-Addo the fulfillment of his promises.
"Do you have confidence in President Akufo-Addo? Look at what happened to Caleb Kudah, Ahmed Suale, Latif of Multimedia, Manasseh, and other journalists. All of these people were brutalized under Akufo-Addo. Does it put confidence in you?" he quizzed.
A member of the NDC youth wing expressed disappointment in President Akufo-Addo saying that the killings are one too many.
He said "Major Maxwell Mahama, where is he? The police officer that was murdered and the two police officers that were also murdered at Kasoa. What has happened till now?"
He lambasted the Inspector General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh over his 'heaven' comments stressing that his utterance was highly unacceptable and an insult to Ghanaians.
"We will advise ourselves. The power belongs to the masses"
The General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu-Nketia in an interview with Thinknewsonline.com charged the President to take a closer look at the security agencies.
He challenged the Akufo-Addo government to come out clearly on whether his party has indeed disbanded the vigilante groups
"If the police who are supposed to protect you are against you, if you have a problem, where would you run to? You will only resort to your own means of self-defense, in that case, we would have abandoned the state"
Responding to whether the NDC is disappointed in the security services, he said "That is not the way to go. We have to look at how vigilantes have turned out to be security personnel and they go out to commit crimes and soil the image of the police and the army"
He further hinted that President Akufo-Addo is politicizing the security services adding that such a move will not mean well for Ghana.
After an hour and fifty minutes of the peaceful demonstration, the NDC Youth Wing finally submitted their petition to the Presidency.
The petition highlighted corruption, unemployment, nepotism as part of the challenges facing Ghana and called on President Akufo-Addo to work on it.
It added that there is no hope for the citizenry since their lives are not in good hands.
Receiving the petition on behalf of President Akufo-Addo, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Emmanuel Bossman assured the leadership of the NDC and its youth wing that their request will be submitted to the first gentleman of the land.
Later at the forecourt of Parliament, The NDC youth wing later made another presentation of a petition to the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.
The second petition touched on the lawlessness, killing of innocent youths in Ejura and Wa, and violence in some parts of the country.
Both Majority and Minority Leaders, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and Haruna Iddrisu assured the demonstrators that their grievances will be addressed and those who were found culpable will be dealt with.
Below are some videos and picture:
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith