Former President John Dramani Mahama has counseled President Akufo-Addo to crack the whip on vigilante groups affiliated to the NPP party who are attacking opponents and causing mayhem in the country.
The President in a meeting with former government appointees also attacked the NPP government for raiding homes of former officials and seizing vehicles allegedly belonging to the state.
“If you cannot look for vehicles in a more civilised manner than having troops going into people’s houses, breaking down their gates and say you are looking for vehicles, you cannot go to DVLA and look through the database and find out what government vehicles are available then what kind of efficiency do we have in government?
“…I heard Agyekum’s House was raided… And they [NPP] will always come back and apologize because those are not vehicles that belong to the state.
“Government is saying they cannot look for an efficient manner of looking for vehicles than forming storm troops to raid people’s house and I think that it is wrong. I am going to have the opportunity to tell Nana Addo that they should stop this.
“This cannot continue, this thuggery is not good for our country and the point is we thought we had a good transition…this serves as examples that make it difficult in future when there is another transition for another government to restrain party supporters.
“All the thuggery, removing people from office, beating people is unfortunate. We must say it in the strongest terms and if the heed it fine, if they don’t , it is a learning process for our whole country.”
The President in his remarks also called on former NDC officials to be proud of the achievements the party chalked during its reign.
“In the monumental achievements that we chalked, I believe that you must hold your heads high because that government did a lot for this country and I believe that posterity will be the judge eventually.
“We did a lot to improve infrastructure of the country and often infrastructure is a thing people take for granted.It is possible to be in the opposition and criticize. We should not feel depressed or feel ashamed about our service in government was outstanding. We must continue to defend that legacy of that government.