Celebrated journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, has reacted to scenes from the Supreme Court where the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission and other personalities are ushered into court by armed soldiers.
According to him, he doesn’t understand why someone will think that the Ghana Police is not capable of providing such security for the EC Chairperson when the same institution fight armed robbers and terrorists.
He added that, by allowing this to happen, the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is not only undermining the police, but he’s also reducing the Ghana Armed Forces to a laughing stock.
He wrote on his Facebook wall; Thursday, February 4, 2021
The Ghana Police Service can fight armed robbers and terrorists. But someone thinks our police cannot provide security for the Electoral Commission Chairperson. So you find armed soldiers following her to court. How will the armies of civilised countries look at our army?
By allowing this to happen, the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is not only undermining the police, but he’s also reducing the Ghana Armed Forces to a laughing stock.
Soldiers should not be reduced to errand boys for private, party-affiliated lawyers and protectors of illegal mining sites inhabited by Chinese.
This is shameful and it must stop.
However, in a sharp rebuttal, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko questioned why anyone would have a problem with EC’s level of security especially when her life had been threatened on a number of ocassions.
This woman, the returning officer for the presidential election, has had her life threatened multiple times from all manner of corners, her character insulted, her integrity denigrated and the threats to her life heightened to the highest dangerous point that any public servant should endure, for the security services to consider it appropriate to offer her the highest form of protection they could. Her security at home, office and around her 24-7, is made up of a combination of soldiers and police. I am not sure she enjoys the security attention. But she understands she has to endure it. And, some of us have a problem with that?