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{Promise}: I will stop vigilantism – President Nana Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured Ghanaians that he will do everything in his power to arrest the new phenomenon of vigilantism.

Addressing a meeting of the National House of Chiefs on yesterday, President Akufo-Addo stated that, “I will not walk the path others trod who found it convenient to turn a blind eye to the criminal misdeeds of their followers and took no action as it would displease them.”

The President added, “I am walking another path, the path of making reality the principle of the rule of law, the idea of equality of every citizen before the law. Wrongdoers wear no political colours. They are just wrongdoers, and will be dealt with as such.”

Urging the membership of the National House of Chiefs to speak out and join government’s fight against the ills of our society – corruption, social and economic injustice, and crime – he reminded them also about the fight against the illegal mining menace, popularly referred to as galamsey.

President Akufo-Addo noted that the country has gone through a lot of difficult times in recent years, and it has meant that some people have had to find ways and means to keep body and soul together, and, as a result, engaged themselves in illegal activities, such as galamsey.

“As chiefs, you have a responsibility, as was done in the days of our forefathers, to help preserve our lands, water bodies and environment. We all have a responsibility to say no to galamsey for our own common survival and the survival of those who are to come. If we allow it, we are jeopardising both our present and our future. Our responsibility in this is clear,” he added.

As customary guardians of the morals of the nation’s communities, both by your conduct and the manner in which you intervene in their lives, President Akufo-Addo noted that recent cases, involving the defilement of children, have become causes for grave concern in the country.

“Such cases cannot be treated as ‘family matters’. Again, instances where youths take the law into their own hands, vandalising properties, can no longer continue, and must be condemned by all. Perpetrators of such acts must be handed over to the law enforcement agencies for the laws of the land to take their course. Senior citizens should not be seen to be making special pleas for such perpetrators,” the President stressed.

In asking them to speak out, President Akufo-Addo urged them not to fall into the well-known temptation of telling him what they think he should hear.

“It would be equally tempting to tell me that I am the best thing that ever happened to Ghana, and it would be even more tempting to tell me to ignore my critics. I expect that, as our esteemed traditional rulers, you will not go down that road, but will allow the moral authority of your status to justify your interventions,” he added. - Culled from The Finder Online

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