Prez Mills Under Fire

President John Evans Atta Mills has come under criticisms over his continued silence over the growing insecurity in the country, arising out of the raging conflicts in various parts of the country. According to the Presidential Candidate of the Progressive People’s Party, Paa Kwesi Nduom, the plethora of conflicts in the country is a source of worry that should necessarily compel President Mills to speak out strongly against the perpetrators of the brutalities. Speaking in a number of radio interviews yesterday, Dr Nduom particularly challenged President Mills to show leadership and make the citizenry feel that he is in charge of the affairs of the country. “All over the world, you have leaders who show practical leadership, active leadership, and what I mean by that is that these are leaders who don’t just show concern but demonstrate it. Where there is conflict, where there are problems, where people are in danger, where lives have been lost or lives have been put in harm’s way, leaders go to where the difficulties are to soothe people’s fears, and to calm their nerves,” he stated on Joy FM. “The security agencies take directions from the Commander-In-Chief; it is the actions of the Commander-In-Chief that matter,” he stressed. Meanwhile, the Progressive National Forum has questioned if President Mills still remains the Commander-in-chief of the Ghana Armed Forces. The group has, therefore challenged the President to act with alacrity and take control of the security of the nation to avert any disaster, especially with less than six months to this year’s election. “The conflict spots in Ghana are becoming too many and will easily spread to engulf the entire nation if we don’t act now,” the group stressed in statement signed by Richard Nyamah and Fred Amankwa Sarfo, both leading members. The group wants President Mills and his government to understand the fact that in an election year, the propensity for conflicts to degenerate into full scale war situations should not be under estimated. “However, responses and reactions from state agencies and institutions, such as the Police, BNI and National Security, indicate that these agencies are not on top of the issue,” the statement lamented. The group challenged the security agencies to be more proactive than reactive to prevent needless loss of previous lives through conflicts, adding: “The intelligence gathering system of these state institutions are either too poor or someone is simply not acting on the intelligence gathered.”