Many Ghanaians did not in their wildest imagination think that supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), will go on a rampage and attack supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), following the electoral victory of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The rampaging youth have killed, beaten and destroyed both private and government property while cars, toll booths and other state properties have been vandalised.
The Ghanaian Times is surprised that after such a successful and peaceful election, the winners have decided to attack the vanquished for no apparent reason.
We recall that in 2008, similar incidents were recorded after the general election which were condemned in no uncertain terms at the time.
We thought that lessons have been learnt from what happened in the past, but it appears that we did not learn anything from such acts.
Many Ghanaians are shocked at the unprovoked attacks on members of the NDC and have condemned the act.
The National Peace Council (NPC), has expressed surprise at the acts of vandalism and wondered why the NPP supporters would indulge in such barbaric acts.
“We need to go forward. Please respect other people and in your jubilations, do not create the situation we seem to be hearing”, the Chairman of the NPC, Rev. Professor Emmanuel Asante was quoted as saying.
The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, has also condemned the act and urged supporters of the NPP to halt the attacks.
Earlier, President John Dramani Mahama and the police warned jubilant supporters of the NPP to seize the attacks and further ordered the security agencies to arrest the hooligan supporters.
The NPP leadership has also condemned the attacks and urged its supporters to desist from behaviours that would destabilise the country.
Indeed, the misbehavior of supporters of the NPP has led the police to deploy men to guard public places as the post election violence appears to be on the increase.
The situation is not only shameful but disgraceful coming on the back of such a successful general election and we are, just like any peace-loving Ghanaian, appalled at what is happening across the country.
We add our voice to that of all well-meaning Ghanaians to ask all those engaged in such acts to stop.
Just as the President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo said that he is going to be a President for the whole country, we expect all Ghanaians to see each other as one people.
“No member of the NDC has anything to fear from my future government. I will need the unalloyed support of every Ghanaian to succeed in government, hence there can be no room in such an undertaking for witch haunting or act of political vendetta or harassment” the president-elect said.
With these words of assurance, it is baffling why the supporters have embarked on such a shameful acts.
We call on the security forces to take full charge of the security situation in the country with the aim of restoring calm and assuring that everybody is safe, regardless of his or her political affiliation.