Don’t confront the ‘men in uniform’ – Allotey Jacobs says we should respect the people who protect us
Social Commentator, Bernard Allotey Jacobs has scolded Ningo Prampram MP, Sam George over his seditious comments during the NDC ”March for Justice” protest yesterday.
The demonstrators went out in their numbers to petition the President about certain unpleasant happenings in the country.
Clad in red, the protesters held placards with various inscriptions including, “Akufo-Addo, you are a dictator”, “Kum Yen Preko”, “We feel your silence Akufo-Addo and Bawumia”, “Ghanaian lives matter”, “Ahmed Suale deserved to live”, “No justice for the dead”, “no peace, #WeAreAllKaaka” among others.
Before the start of the demonstration, Sam George charged the protesters to treat any person in military uniform they meet on their way as ”criminal” saying ” . . we had an arrangement with the IGP of Police on the routes we’re using. The rules of this country say that crowd control is the job of the Police. In fact, part of this demonstration is because Military men were used in crowd control and they shot and killed unarmed Ghanaians. Yet, some people in government had a meeting last night and decided that, despite the presence of the Police, they intend to bring in the Military to meet us halfway”.
“I am sending a message to you, to the Chief of Army Staff, to call back his men. We’re working with the Police . . . we have had no consultation with the Military. Anybody in military uniform that we meet on the road, we will treat as a criminal,” he warned.
Responding to Sam George’s comments, Allotey Jacobs admonished the leaders to stop inciting the masses against the security forces stressing, “the Police sometimes are difficult but they are very fine with us, the civilians”.
”So, why do we attack them?”, he questioned.
Allotey Jacobs called for respect for the security forces saying, “don’t let us confront the men in uniform . . . If they’re wrong, we should have a way of correcting it. You see a soldier is trained to defend and to attack to protect the sovereignty of this nation. So, if politicians incite the youth to misconduct themselves, the end may be terrible. So, let us respect the very people who protect us”.