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16-Dec-2011  
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Founder and Leader of the United Renaissance Party (URP), “Chuck” Kofi Wayo has called for the immediate arrest of NPP Member of Parliament for Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa, Hon P.C. Appiah Ofori, for making a statement he describes as “heinous”.

The outspoken NPP MP reportedly told Citi News that any reprisal attacks on Fulani nomads is justified.

According to him, he has no sympathies for any nomad who gets lynched for suspected crimes committed against their local hosts. He said Ghanaians have the legal right to defend themselves when they come under any form of attack from the herdsmen.

“If in the course of defending ourselves they have to die then it is justified…So killing them I personally support it…It has become chronic that such people come to this country to perpetuate crimes…The time is right for the country to put its feet down. If this people have come to do bad things we must try to defend ourselves…If they have come to kill my brothers should I allow them to get away?...if you have come to kill my brother and I am in the position to kill you back yes I will,” the lawmaker stated.

Thirteen nomads were recently slaughtered in Zamashegu, a farming community in the Gushegu district of the Northern region. Several others have either been lynched or have come under constant attack from locals in areas such as Agogo in the Ashanti region where vigilante attacks against them are all too common.

Hon. Appiah Ofori said he sees nothing wrong with any defensive attacks on nomadic Fulanis, who allegedly rape and kill Ghanaians without provocation.
 





NPP Member of Parliament for Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa, Hon P.C. Appiah Ofori
The anti-corruption campaigner made similar pronouncements on Peace FM during the station’s [email protected], saying he still stands by his word no matter what people thinks, adding that “everybody has the right to defend themselves”.

But in a sharp rebuttal on Citi FM’s Eye Witness News, the maverick politician said Fulanis need to be respected since they are human beings just like everybody else.

To him, the country should have stopped the nomads from entering into the country in the first place, and suggested that parliament should formulate laws that allows the Fulanis to build ranches for their cattle.

“…He should have been arrested when he made that statement. Fulanis are part and parcel of Ghana. A guy who is supposed to be a legislature? You don’t talk like that…cut him off for God’s sake. You don’t advocate for people to kill…” Kofi Wayo said.
 
Source: Rebecca Addo Tetteh/Peacefmonline.com
 
 

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