In a statement posted on his official Facebook page today, H.E Alhaji Said Sinare, the National Vice-Chairman of the National Democratic Congress, called on President Nana Addo Danqua Akuffo Addo’s government to urgently, swiftly, and categorically condemn recent attacks and discrimination against people believed not to be Akan; and to ensure that all those found guilty are brought to justice.
The NDC stalwart has expressed grave concern that some Ghanaian tribes have been targeted because they do not know the twi language.
According to a video that has gone viral on the internet, a young lady was attacked because she did not speak the Akan language well when she went to the Tema passport office to renew her passport.
My attention was directed to a report submitted by the family of a young lady who was at the Tema passport office on February 16, 2022, to renew her passport and was blundered, beaten, and maltreated by an officer whose name has yet to be determined because she could not communicate fluently in the twi language, part of his statement added.
H. E Alhaji Said Sinare continues to add that, As we continue to look for those responsible for this transgression, I want those responsible to know that no power can stand up against freedom of speech, Ghana’s 1992 Constitution, and other accomplishments made in the last decade without destroying themselves.
READ HIS FULL STATEMENT BELOW:
Condemnation of Hate and Violence against Non-Akans – A Statement from H.E Alhaji Said Sinare, National Vice Chairman of the NDC.
In response to the number of violent incidents against non-Akans, I believe as a nation, it is important to regurgitate that we condemn all violence and hate and reaffirm our ongoing commitment to making sure the system work and remains a great place to live for all Ghanaians.
My attention was directed to a report submitted by the family of a young lady who was at the Tema passport office on February 16, 2022, to renew her passport and was blundered, beaten, and maltreated by an officer whose name has yet to be determined because she could not communicate fluently in the twi language.
The relatives of the victim, civil society communities, and the entire nation have been confounded by this cowardly attack on the wonderful people of this country who cannot express themselves in the Twi language.
As we continue to look for those responsible for this transgression, I want those responsible to know that no power can stand up against freedom of speech, Ghana’s 1992 Constitution, and other accomplishments made in the last decade without destroying themselves.
As a former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and National Vice-Chairman of the great National Democratic Congress, I strongly condemn the ongoing structural violence against non-Akans because all things being equal, Ghana is not made up of just Akans.
Combating violence against non-Akans
Criminal justice measures must be instituted to prevent, investigate,
prosecute and punish violence against non-Akans.
Because human rights laws in Ghana are not reserved for just Akans: they benefit everyone who is on a State’s territory or within its jurisdiction, without discrimination, whatever their administrative status and circumstances.
I agree with the laws of the land that demands that all officers involved, including those who stood by without intervening, be held accountable and I demand that Nana Addo Danqua Akuffo Addo’s NPP government and the Ghana police service led by Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, take immediate action to arrest and prosecute the culprit if found guilty as a way of protecting our democratic values and the safety of all citizens.
With the greatest of respect, I want to call on educationists, social commentators, human rights activists, citizenry, researchers, and law practitioners to work in support of justice, equality, and respect for human rights.
As a country, we must continue to remain steadfast in our commitment to cultivating a Ghana that promotes equity, inclusion, diversity, and respect in an environment that sets an example for the greater community. I stand against acts of hate, violence, racism, and systemic injustice.
In addition, I want to reassure the victims’ families that they have my full support in bringing the hoodlum to justice and putting an end to hooliganism that has taken over the Nana Addo Danqua Akuffo Addo led NPP government.
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