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The days of vigilantism are numbered.

The Chronicle is unpleasantly forced to go back to the issue of vigilantism, virtually making this commentary the second installment of our editorial of Tuesday, February 19, 2019, headed as 'Vigilantism: Enough is Enough'.

We are back, because of new developments towards the eventual annihilation of this blood-thirsty predator called vigilantism.

In our previous editorial referred to, we merely supported an initiative put forward by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. David Asante-Apeatu, for the disbandment of vigilantism.

This was because, for quite a long time, there has been smouldering public anger against vigilantism, without anybody being bold enough to suggest its ban, perhaps for fear of being attacked by people who, obviously, benefit from it.

Now, The Chronicle comes up chest high as the Kilimanjaro Mountain to announce that the days of vigilantism are numbered. Our visionary leader, who always does what he says, has taken over the matter, as contained in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered on Thursday February 21, 2019.

Hear him: 'I want to use this platform to make [a] sincere and passionate appeal to the leaders of the two main political parties in our country - New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) - to come together as soon as possible, preferably, next week, to agree on appropriate measures to bring an end to this worrying and unacceptable phenomenon of vigilantism in our body politics.'

He was also reported to have warned that should voluntary disbandment fail, he would pass a law to do away with the unfortunate trend of vigilantism.

This is straight forward determination to hew down this huge tree of destruction and enemy of peaceful co-existence.

The Chronicle sees in President Akufo-Addo a leadership very much concerned with the well-being of the country's future generation. He, therefore, needs the support of all in his desire to make peace a paramount feature in the country, for, peace, for a long time, has been the most sought-after commodity in the markets of the global fora.

It was mankind's burning desire for global peace that led to the formation of the League of Nations after the Second World War. When the League could not make any meaningful headway, it was replaced with the current United Nations organisation, which has, since then, been relentless in its pursuit for a world beyond wars, petty disputes, and all human activities which make the world know no peace.

In our part of the world, politicians appear to think that they are masters of all that they survey. Thus, they go to great lengths to cow their people into submission.

The Chronicle's joy, indeed, knows no bounds at the thought that, at long last, vigilante-induced violence in our body politic would be a thing of the past.

The paper and, indeed, all Ghanaians, no doubt, look up to President Akufo-Addo to pull down this massive scourge of vigilantism into smithereens, so that when politics in Ghana is mentioned, it is the colour of peaceful co-existence that the people expect.

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Publication:Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)
Date:Feb 28, 2019
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