President Akufo-Addo: If I panic, the country panics

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, has responded to the recent attacks by some secessionist group in the Volta Region.

President Akufo-Addo, giving Ghanaians an assurance, stated emphatically that the country will definitely “deal with them”, since the security agencies are on top of the issue.

On Friday, September 25, 2020, the secessionist group blocked some principal roads in the Region and on Tuesday, September 29, some unidentified people believed to be members of the group carried out an arson attack on the State Transport Corporation (STC) in Ho, setting fires to the company’s buses.

The secessionist group is demanding to become an autonomous country called ”Western Togoland”.

The actions by the secessionist have become a grave concern to the entire nation with some political figures and socio-economic commentators condemning the group.

Some people have also slammed the President for going silent on the issue.

On Wednesday, September 30, President Nana Akufo-Addo, visiting the studios of a Kumasi-based FM station opened up on the matter.

According to President Akufo-Addo, he has left the matter in the capable hands of the security personnel, stressing the appropriate institutions are up to task.

He said he has unflinching confidence in the security agencies to handle the case and ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.

President Akufo-Addo was of a strong conviction that the situation will be well handled by the security agencies.

”I have to be calm because institutions are in place. The security agencies are doing their work. They’ve started already and we’ll see results. If I panic, the country panics. It’s like the COVID-19 disease, if I had panicked, fear would have gripped all of us. But I know the work that God has appointed me to do, if I panic, the entire nation will also panic. That is not the purpose of leadership. I’m supposed to assure people that our country will work. What is happening in the Volta Region in the time of these handful – it’s just a handful of people, these secessionists – we’ll deal with it. I have no doubts about it”

”I trust the security agencies. I trust the Armed Forces. I trust the Police. I trust their leadership. The intelligence agencies, I know they are all working very, very, very hard to make sure that this matter is dealt with as quickly as possible”, he said .

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