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Politics of Monday, 15 July 2019

Source: mynewsgh.com

Akufo-Addo superintending over a lawless state – Dr. Apaak

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa South Constituency, Dr. Clement Abasinaab Apaak has observed that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is superintending over a lawless state characterized by the wanton violation of human rights.

He is of the view that rule of law has broken down while respectful of separation of powers no longer exist taking into account recent happenings under the current administration.

The former law lecturer in a post sighted by MyNewsGh.com wondered if the president still holds himself as a human rights advocate who believes in the rule of law in the scheme of affairs bemoaning the continuous detention of Mr. Gregory Afoko.

“Is our President still holding on to the claims that he is a human rights advocate who believes in the rule of law? Then why the continuous detention of Gregory Afoko even after a Court order for his release? How can Courts be defied by a government in a constitutional democratic dispensation?” he quizzed.

Read the full text of the statement below;

Gregory Afoko – folks, let’s call a spade a spade, the levels of lawlessness and impunity in Ghana is beyond belief. And what is most worrying is that public/government officials and institutions are most culpable.

Are we still a nation governed by the rule of law? Are we still respectful of separation of powers? Is our constitution still the Supreme law of the land? Didn’t our President swear to uphold the constitution? Doesn’t the constitution grant and protect the rights of every citizen?

Is our President still holding on to the claims that he is a human rights advocate who believes in the rule of law? Then why the continuous detention of Gregory Afoko even after a Court order for his release? How can Courts be defied by a government in a constitutional democratic dispensation?

To think that such brazen injustice has been orchestrated and sustained by NADAA and his NPP government is not only revealing, but is also a clear sign of increasing danger to our liberties and rights as enshrined in the 1992 constitution.

Today it is Gregory Afoko, tomorrow it could be me, you or another citizen. Yet the voices that should speak truth to power in the national interest are mute.

Should the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) not be speaking out on this continuous detention of Gregory Afoko in spite of the Court order to release him? Should Organized labour not be speaking out? Should the Christian and Muslim Councils not be speaking out? Where is Amnesty International in all this? Should the Council of State not be advising President NADAA and his NPP to respect the rights of Gregory Afoko?

We owe it to ourselves to speak out against this injustice. Enough is enough. The government/state orchestrated and led lawlessness and impunity must stop. #ReleaseGregoryAfokoNo

I remain a citizen.

Dr. Clement Abasinaab Apaak

M.P, Builsa South