National Communications Officer for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Sammy Gyamfi says the Akufo-Addo government has pampered secessionist group in the Volta Region and that smacks of suspicion.
He has as a result in a statement sighted by MyNewsGh.com, called for an independent probe into the activities of the group he describes as criminals.
To him, the lucklustre approach to fighting the group since their inception is because its the stronghold of the NDC and not the NPP hence government has not given them the attention they deserve to curtail their activities and existence.
“The reason why their activities have been thriving, festering and spiralling beyond our control is because the Akufo-Addo government has been pampering these criminals. The approach so far has been very lukewarm and lucklustre. It’s like they don’t care. They are not perturbed about what is happening.
“We were in this country during the voters registration exercise, we saw the military men they deployed to the Volta Region under the guise of COVID-19 fight. Since these secessionist activities have been going on the Volta Region, we have not seen government display the same level of seriousness in the deployment of military and other security agencies to fish these criminals out and deal with them in accordance with the law. So they have been pampered.
“For me it is not a matter of intelligence failure. We are dealing with a situation which is more complex than some of us think. We are dealing with a situation which potentially has the involvement of state actors. The governmental complicity in this matter is so glaring. That’s why we must have an independent investigation into this matter”.
To him, government should treat the secessionist as criminals and handle them as such because in such situations negotiations don’t win.
“There are certain things that are subjected to mediation and negotiation. In my opinion, there are other things that cannot and should not be subject of mediation and negotiation and one of them is treason and sedition. When the territorial integrity of the country is threatened by rebels, you don’t negotiate. You stamp it out”, he said