President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday apologised to the Overlord of the Waala Traditional Area and the people of Wa over the savage physical violence inflicted on some residents by some Military personnel early this month.
Addressing Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo IV at the beginning of his 2-day working visit to the Upper West Region, President Akufo-Addo said the unfortunate incident was one of the reasons for his visit to the Region.
The President said he deemed it necessary to personally come and apologise to them, even though the Ministers for Defence and the Interior and the military hierarchy had apologised to him and his people and had taken steps to deal with those soldiers who committed those acts.
“I have come to add my voice to that of the soldiers, as well as the Minister for Defence, to say how sorry I am about the incident, and to let you know that we will do everything possible to make sure that such incident is not repeated,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo thanked the Wa-Naa for recognising the Government’s promises to take up the medical bills of those injured and that “we should put that issue behind us and move forward.”
President Akufo-Addo commended the Wa-Naa “on the very statesman-like pronouncements that you made on that occasion. You surely look like the senior traditional leader that you are.”
The President said to counter threats of terrorism along the Ghana-Burkina Faso border, the people of Wa needed to cooperate with the security forces to deal with any possible terrorist attacks on the country.
“So, I want to add my voice to yours in calling upon the people to continue to work closely with the security forces to make sure that we can keep the terrorist menace out of our country.”
“…And that means we should not dwell too much on this incident which occurred. As human beings, mistakes occur. The important thing is how you correct them and move forward,” the President said.
“It is one of the lucky aspects of my period as President, that all through Ghana, particularly in the northern parts of this country, I have very wise and discerning traditional rulers who are helping me to govern this country. Fortunately for me, you are one of them.”
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD