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For allowing the Ghana Armed Forces to use armed soldiers as bodyguards for Electoral Commission Chair Jean Mensa, President Nana Akufo-Addo has demeaned the military, investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awumi has said.
Mrs Mensa’s office, home and personal security have seen up-scaling on several occasions, leading to social media commentary about the necessity for it.
In her defence, the President’s cousin, Mr Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko wrote on social media: “This woman, the returning officer for the presidential election, has had her life threatened multiple times from all manner of corners, her character insulted, her integrity denigrated and the threats to her life heightened to the highest dangerous point that any public servant should endure, for the security services to consider it appropriate to offer her the highest form of protection they could”.
“Her security at home, office and around her 24-7, is made up of a combination of soldiers and police”, he noted.
“I am not sure she enjoys the security attention”, the President’s cousin said, adding: “But she understands she has to endure it”.
“And, some of us have a problem with that?” he asked.
In Mr Azure Awuni’s opinion, however, the need not have come into the picture.
He wrote on social media: “The Ghana Police Service can fight armed robbers and terrorists but someone thinks our police cannot provide security for the Electoral Commission Chairperson. So, you find armed soldiers following her to court”.
“How will the armies of civilised countries look at our army?” he wondered.
“By allowing this to happen”, Mr Awuni noted, “the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is not only undermining the police, but he’s also reducing the Ghana Armed Forces to a laughing stock”.
Soldiers, he insisted, “should not be reduced to errand boys for private, party-affiliated lawyers and protectors of illegal mining sites inhabited by Chinese”.
“This is shameful and it must stop”, he asserted.
Source: Class Fm