In another show of dishonesty, former President John Mahama has exposed himself as he questions government’s commitment to fighting crime in the country.
For a President under whose tenure Ghana saw some gruesome murders of some notable Ghanaians including a sitting opposition Member of Parliament JB Danquah Adu, the Ex-President ought to have known better when he alluded that the state of security in the country under the NPP government is worrying.
Speaking to some chiefs and people at Swedru, Gomoa-Obuasi and Dawurampong as part of his Central Regional tour, the NDC flagbearer stated that:
“There is no curfew in Ghana but many people cannot walk freely at night without being attacked by armed robbers, as exemplified by the killing of the late Mfantseman MP and recent robbery on the Accra-Cape Coast highway,”
He went ahead to assure the people that a new NDC government will work to restore the dignity of the nation, promote peace, unity and ensure that all citizens were involved in the nation-building agenda.
It is interesting to note the deception in his comments as under the NDC, not only did Hon. JB Danquah Adu lose his life under mysterious circumstances, but Music Producer Fennec Okyere was also murdered by unknown assailants in his home and the then government under Mr. Mahama failed to apprehend the culprits till they left office.
Also in September, 2015, George Abanga, a regional correspondent of Peace FM, one of Ghana’s biggest radio stations, was shot and killed.
The journalist who also worked with Success FM in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana was reportedly shot on his motorbike while returning from covering a dispute between some farmers in Sankore in the Brong Ahafo region.
Many believe his murder was in connection with his work. News reports allege that Abanga had in recent times reported on defections from the ruling National Democratic Congress.
Others also believe his murder was as a result of his reports on alleged theft of government officials of fertilizers belonging to cocoa farmers in the region.
There are many of such mysterious deaths under Mr. John Mahama when he was President that defeats his claims against the current administration.
The government did very little ro curb the spate of insecurity at the time and did very little to help the ill-equipped security services to investigate and apprehend the culprits.
In contrast to the country’s worrisome state of security under the NDC, Ghanaians now have a government that has shown clear commitment to fighting crime by not only increasing the number of police to person ratio but has also equipped the Ghana Police Service to be able to fight crime effectively.
Aside that, to help in crime prevention and identification the government has introduced the National Identification Card for all Ghanaians and residents.
The biometric ID system is being integrated with all relevant identifications in Ghana i.e Driver’s license, Voter’s ID, Health Insurance, Passports etc.
Therefore biometrics will play a dual role of authenticating an individual’s identity and also identify the person behind a biometric residue typically by scanning the national database.
Advanced countries are adding retinal identification, DNA, voice and face recognition systems amongst others to finger print identification and Ghana cannot afford to lag behind with a return to a state of backwardness and insecurity under John Mahama and the NDC.