The Krachi-Nchumuru District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), AbassYussif, has warned that security threats in neighbouring West African countries pose threats to the security of the country and admonished the youth to be watchdogs in their communities.
He mentioned groups like the Boko Haram in Nigeria, ISIS and other terrorist groups operating in the West African sub-region and appealed to the citizenry to be alert and report activities of suspicious people to the police and other security agencies for swift action to be taken.
“It is the duty of all citizens to support and assist security agencies in the discharge of their mandate as mentioned in Chapter 6, Article 41 (i) of the 1992 Constitution, which states to co-operate with lawful agencies in maintenance of law and order,” Mr Yussif stressed.
He was speaking at a town hall meeting with youth groups in Chinderi to sensitise and educate them on activities of secessionist, vigilante groups, terrorist, kidnappers, violent extremism, harmony and national cohesion which was organised by Krachi-Nchumuru District Office of NCCE under the auspices of Ministry of National Security.
Mr Yussif cautioned that the nation could only develop when its citizens lived peacefully with one another no matter their tribe, religion and political affiliation however, they should watch activities of leaders and politicians and not allow themselves to be deceived into violent extremism and vigilante groups.
“There are laws in the country like Vigilantism and Related Offences Act, 2019 Act 999 which are intended to disband such groups and anyone caught will be prosecuted,” he said.
Tito Voegborlo, Commission Secretary, advised the youth to believe in themselves no matter where they were coming from and pray to God so their dream comes true and “if the country moves forward then it is hard work of Ghanaians and the youth and
pay attention to the words in the National Anthem, pledge and be guided accordingly”.
Emmanuel Ahorlu of the National Investigative Bureau, who spoke on the ‘National Security Strategy’, urged Ghanaians to be alert and also monitor activities of strangers in communities.
Reverend Father Norbert Okoledah, Priest of the Catholic Church, Chinderi, called on politicians to respect the law since no one was above the law and think about nation first and work to uplift image of the country. -GNA