Nana Addo, whiles a candidate, built a reputation for speaking on every matter ranging from economy, security and just name it. He only left critical issues on economy to then candidate Bawumia, who dazzled Ghanaians with his theoretical know how, on how to transform the Ghanaian economy.
Well, fast forward, after his near landslide victory, his voice was heard on critical matters such as the cathedral that burnt in France, George Floyd's murder and even on the killings in Nigeria, when the youth took to the street to register their concerns about bad governance.
Interestingly however, the people of Ghana he called on to be citizens and not spectators, have not stopped insisting that, his voice is heard on key national issues and most recent one, was when the Ejura unrest ended with two persons shot dead by the military. After 72 hours and Mahama's calls on him to act fast, Nana Addo spoke, cancelling his total silence on the much earlier Techiman killings.
Well, fast forward to today on Joy News TV's Newsfile TV program, a renowned and founding member of the NPP, Wereko Brobbey has asked him to also raise up his voice on the current trending issue of Hon. Kennedy Agyapong, who has launched an attack on the largest media organisation and senior journalist of the Multimedia Group, Erastus Asare, for his professional coverage of the Ejura unrest.
On the show this morning, Dr Wereko-Brobbey explained that an official statement from the Presidency will distant the statesman from the distasteful utterances of the law-maker. “The MP said ‘if he [Kennedy Agyapong] was president…’ I think that should have been an opportunity for the President to say that “I am the President and I do not subscribe to what you are saying.”
On the whole, the reaction of the powers that be have been tepid. And I think it’s important for all of us, to sometimes put aside partisan interest and say that ‘this is wrong, patently wrong. But when we always send a signal that, there is a party position and another position, then I think, we are doing our democracy and our people a lot of wrongs,” he told host Lawyer Samson Lardy Anyenini.
Kennedy Agyapong, had angrily reacted to the accounts that Erastus had shared at the Committee of Enquiry's hearing on the Ejura unrest, as Erastus Asare Donkor, a Journalist with the Multimedia Group in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, had said he saw a total of seven military personnel who engaged in the shooting that left two protesters dead and four others injured in the Ejura disturbances.
He made this known when he appeared before the three-member ministerial committee investigating the issue. Mr. Asare Donkor further added that, the military initially started firing warning shots into the air, but later changed the direction and fired directly into the protesters.
When asked about how long the shooting lasted, Mr. Asare Donkor said it went on for about 20 to 30 minutes. “I saw seven military personnel who engaged in the shooting during the protest. Four came first, and later another three joined them. The military initially started firing into the cloud, but later started firing into the protesters and some started falling and others retreating. The shooting went on for about 20 to 30 minutes.”
The Multimedia Media journalist also disclosed that one of the persons who died from the incident was very helpful to him and his team, as according to him, the protesters initially opposed them filming the protest, but Nasiru Yussif, one of the two protesters who died, spoke to the demonstrators in Hausa who allowed them to film.
“When we got to the scene, the youth were angry, and so they told us not to film what was happening, but one of the protesters, now deceased, Nasiru Yussif, spoke to them in Hausa, and they calmed down. So he and another guy formed a ring around us, so we could perform our duties. He was very active, following us wherever we went.”
“So they now allowed us to film the demonstration. Some of them were holding sticks, others having knives, and others also wielding machetes. Some of them were also angrily chanting their anger at the death of Kaaka. Nasiru directed which path to go. At a point, he directed us to a storey building from which we could film.”
When he quizzed as to how he would rate the actions of the military on the day, he said military personnel could have been a bit considerate.
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