General News of Mon, 10 Sep 201864
If you want peace, you must prepare for war – Mosquito to government
Government is being asked to expedite action on plans to disband vigilante groups especially in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) if it has the peace of Ghana at heart.
General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia said they are on red alert to unleash their vigilante groups should any party member come under attack.
“If you want peace, you must prepare for war. We will disband our vigilante groups if the NPP does same. We won’t allow party vigilante to take over security of Ghana” he fumed.
General Mosquito as he is popularly called has come under a barrage of attacks after defending the fresh emergence of vigilante groups in the NDC.
He explained that, the emergence of groups like Hawks, Dragons and Lions are “an appropriate natural response” to the failure of the Akufo-Addo government to rein in its party vigilante groups.
Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Monday, Asiedu Nketia said the criticism about his position is borne out of hypocrisy.
He stated that it has become necessary by the failure of the NPP to rein in its vigilante groups, who had since the party’s electoral victory, had “virtually over-powered the state security and rendered them ineffective in their bid to protect life and property of fellow citizens”.
The NDC scribe alleged that the same NPP vigilante group unlawfully seized two NDC party vehicles under bizarre circumstances, and said those vehicles were still in the custody of the Jubilee House security, even after submission of all the relevant documents to the transport officer there.
Asiedu Nketia said he is ready to face the National Security if an attempt to protect life and property is deemed a national security threat.