“I Am Deeply Worried About Happenings In Our Dear Country” - Capt (Dr.) Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe Speaks
A Senior Citizen and Founding Member Of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Capt. (Dr.) Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe has disclosed that he is deeply worried about the current trends of activities happening in country.
According to Capt.Tamakloe, he is disappointed in the manner at which political tension has risen adding that autocracy and dictatorship appears to be rearing its head in the body polity.
In a statement released and signed by him, Capt. Dr. Tamakloe said “As a founding member of the New Patriotic Party, a party whose philosophy is underpinned by democratic principles, I am deeply worried for what is happening in our dear country”
He explained that some worrying incidents, before and since the assumption of office by President Akufo Addo in 2017 are worthy of special note.
He cited the removal from office of the NPP Chairman, Paul Afoko; Vice Chairman, Sammy Crabbe and General Secretary,Kwabena Agyepong likewise the suspension of other leading members including himself happened through unconstitutional means under trumped up charges.
“It would be recalled that ASP Nanka Bruce was assaulted at the Jubilee House in January 2017 soon after President Akufo Addo took office. Although those responsible were seen on tape, no action has been taken to punish them likewise the removal of Charlotte Osei and her two deputies from the Electoral Commission” he mentioned.
He noted that the suspension of the CEO of the Public Procurement Authority in August 2019 following allegations of sale of contracts and subsequent referral of the case to CHRAJ has not been addressed since then.
He said “The killing of Ahmed Hussein-Suale by an unknown assailant on 16th January, 2019 till date, no one has been apprehended. The Ayawaso Wuogon by-election held on 31st January, 2019 was characterized by violence, no action has been taken on the recommendations of the Commission of Enquiry”
The Captain who doubles as a Doctor reminded authorities in the country about the unsolved mystery of the three kidnapped Takoradi girls.
He hinted that the threats to press freedom, closing down of radio stations, invitation of journalist who did a video recording predicting what the President would say in 31st May broadcast.
Dr. Tamakloe revealed that the Hurling of insults by leading party functionaries at political opponents and beating of war drums indicating clearly lack of tolerance and leadership in Ghana's democracy.
“The ongoing saga on compilation of a new voters’ register and the political tension it has created cannot be ignored. The insistence of the Electoral Commission (EC) to use passport and NIA card as the only documented proof of citizenship has been met with protests and concerns leading to the present case before the Supreme Court. Dialogue and consensus building among all the major political actors have taken back stage contrary to the ECOWAS Protocol, which is binding on member countries” he explained.
He hinted that advice from many identifiable bodies such as the National House of Chiefs, CSOs and lately the Chief Priest of Nungua, Nii Borketey Larweh Tsuru, to the EC for dialogue has been ignored.
“I therefore wish to bring to the attention of the President what Abraham Lincoln said, that is ‘Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power’
Capt. Dr. Tamakloe advised President Akufo-Addo to exhibit his true character as that human rights lawyer who has been elected to tackle all negative issues that haunts the good conscience of the people of Ghana.
“If care is not taken a chaotic situation with attendant anarchy can occur” he added.
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith