Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, the Inspector General of Police, says this is the finest opportunity to demonstrate that, and we cannot miss this opportunity.
He made this statement when addressing the police officers who were to guard the protestors for the Arise Ghana demonstration.
To him, the police cannot miss this opportunity because a peaceful demonstration will tell the world that Ghana's democracy is growing and therefore do anything in their power to ensure that the protest is peaceful.
"We want to show the world that our country, our democracy, is growing from strength to strength, and this is the finest opportunity to demonstrate that, and we cannot miss this opportunity.”
He further advised that the police see the demonstrators as their brothers and sisters and treat them as they would or want others to treat them.
He categorically stated, “We should continue to remember that those demonstrators are human beings like us; those demonstrators are Ghanaians like us; they are our brothers and sisters. Therefore, we should treat them with all the respect, the civility, and dignity that each and every human being deserves. In effect, we should treat them the way we would have loved to be treated if we were on the other side".
Though some of the leaders of the Arise Ghana group think the IGP is in bed with the government to prevent them from protesting against the government, his words to the police parade ahead of the demonstration have proved that it may not be accurate as they think about him.
This is the opportunity to prove to the world, and even more to Ghanaians, for that matter, Arise Ghana, that the IGP is discharging his duties and responsibilities without fear and favour.
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