Albert Kan Dapaah – Minister for National Security
A favourite refrain of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is “there is insecurity in Ghana” because the nonsense feeds into their agenda of giving their own country a bad name.
Fortunately, that is untrue of the Ghana with President Akufo-Addo at the helm. It sounds sweet and easy to label a country as insecure because, after all, it can easily be said ‘that is politics’ where anything goes.
Shouldn’t we migrate from this primitive and crude mode of politics to that which is devoid of the kind of lies and nasty labelling in which we are stuck in a country which should have gone past this level of primitiveness?
When the Canadian ladies were unfortunately abducted all Ghanaians were emotionally hurt except those on the other side of the aisle in local politics. They obviously relished the moment that the country endured the emotional torture.
The security agents felt the brunt of the ‘bad mouthing’ from the opposition NDC. It was as if they were unable to protect this country – an impression which, of course, is far from the truth.
Trying a ‘police-less’ society would be too costly, the effects of which cannot be easily reversed, otherwise we would have asked for that situation for a brief moment.
They laughed as the abduction lasted but eventually though by God’s grace, the security agents the NDC describes as useless, an all-Ghanaian operation has restored the freedom of the Canadian girls.
Is that not enough that our country is safe?
We have taken note of the lies about local security agents receiving support from their Canadian counterparts. This was, however, dispelled yesterday by the Information Minister during a press briefing.
Governments have come and gone leaving behind state institutions such as the Ghana Police Service and other security agencies. It does not make sense therefore when the NDC continues to attack the institutions’ integrity the way being exhibited in their bid to get at the government.
We doff our hats for Col Michael Poku and his supporters from the various security agencies who took part in the daredevil operation which not only captured the criminals but also rescued the ladies.
The man the NDC loved to rubbish after the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-election brouhaha and the Short Commission sitting is the man attracting the plaudits.
The NDC members were nowhere near bringing a closure to the abduction of the two ladies as they have with the Takoradi girls. It was unsurprising that even in the correspondence from their lawyers in which they said that the NDC National Chairman would not honour the CID invitation they alluded to a certain state of insecurity in the country in a sarcastic manner.
As we savour the elation which has come with the rescue and the gradual headway being made towards doing same for the Takoradi girls, we can say without dispute that Ghana is safer under President Akufo-Addo than it was when the NDC was at the helm.