General News of Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Deputy Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, says there is nothing wrong with the United States Embassy advising its citizens to take security precautions prior to the Supreme Court ruling on August 29.
According to him, the onus lies on government to walk the talk on its commitment to peace and quit the rhetorics.
John Boadu was reacting to a circular issued by the US Embassy warning its citizens of potential violence after the court ruling.
The press release triggered huge national reaction with many blaming the US Embassy of causing fear and panic.
But Director of Public Affairs at the US Embassy, Sarah Stryker, on Joy FM, explained that their circular is not intended to cause harm but to caution its citizens to be vigilant.
Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Tuesday, John Boadu said it will be disingenuous for anyone to blame the US Embassy for being proactive.
He contended that more countries will caution their citizens if government does not stop the security forces from touting its readiness for war.
The NPP man noted that the nationwide parade and showcasing of ammunitions rather sends a bad signal not only for the citizenry, but the international community at large.
John Boadu maintained that the rhetorics and incessant call for peace is timely, but if justice is not served, it will be a mirage.
He said NPP members will jealously guard the peace before, during and after the Supreme Court verdict, but justice is what they seek not peace, and hope the governing party will do same.
The NPP youth activist added that the security agencies must do their work professionally devoid of partisanship and that will be a sure guarantee for peace to prevail.
John Boadu said if government demonstrates its commitment to peace, there will not be the need for the US to put its citizens on 'red alert'.
On his part, Deputy Minister for Chieftaincy and Culture, John Alexander Ackon said the circular by the US Embassy was ill-timed.
He said the statement supposedly meant for only US citizens in Ghana has created fear and panic in the already tensed country.
The Deputy Chieftaincy Minister stated that Ghana is at a cross-road, therefore, such ‘inflammable’ statement should be condemned in no uncertain terms.
Alexander Ackon observed that even though the US has come back to do "damage repair" they could have done it better the first time.