Members of the country’s security services tasked to ensure peace before, during and after the December 7 election, on Saturday put up a show of force in an exercise that took place throughout the country.
The personnel drawn from all the security services of the country, displayed their vehicles and equipment, to show their combat readiness in preventing any violence in any part of the country.
Their action is also to send a strong signal to members of the pubic that the security services are ready to deal with anyone or group of people habouring the idea of causing trouble in the country
The exercise, which attracted more than 2,000 security personnel, and was code-named “Operation Peace Trail”, was also used by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshal, Michael Sampson-Oje, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), John Kudalor, to warn troublemakers that the security services, would deal ruthlessly with them when caught in any act of lawlessness.
Curiously the exercise is coming at the back of heightened tension brought about by clashes between the two major political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in different parts of the country.
Coincidently, the exercise is also coming at a time rhetoric insults, hate speech, attacks and intimidation are on the rise, as political parties crisscross the country to canvass for votes.
The IGP’s strong message that signal the resolve of the Police to arrest and prosecute any individual or groups, who insult the leadership of the security agencies, is welcomed.
The warning by the CDS that the security services would crush troublemakers anywhere in the country is also reassuring.
These statements from the two powerful security agencies mandated to protect the people and the country, should give all of us hope that they are battle-ready to quell any disturbances before, during, and after the elections.
We have confidence in our security services who are widely known for their professionalism and have discipline, and received commendation for effective peace-keeping roles around the globe.
It is, therefore, heartwarming that they put up the show of force to indicate their combat-readiness to all Ghanaians, particularly, troublemakers.
Many Ghanaians and some foreigners have expressed worry over the heightened tension in the country and some have blamed the security agencies for looking on unconcerned as political clashes continue.
With the decisive public comments and the warning from the two powerful leaders of the country’s security services, nerves, should be calmed and those who think that the political season is a period to misbehave. Must rethink their action.
While commending the security services and their leaders for the strong show of force we urge all political leaders and their supporters, to continue to preach peace, as we head into the elections on December 7.
It is, barely a fortnight to the polls, and it must be the pledge of all Ghanaians to maintain the peace and stability of the country at all times.