Election 2016 Gov't condemns hate speech of 'death threat' comment against Mahama

Hate speech, plotting violence and calls for murder must not have a place in our politics, says Government

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Government has condemned the first vice chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), F. F. Anto for allegedly suggesting that President John Mahama should be executed by firing squad for seeking a second term.

A statement released Friday by Communication Minister, Edward Omane-Boamah, said the comments by Mr F.F Anto are “despicable and unimaginable”.

Mr. Anto is alleged to have made the statement on Kumasi-based Abusua FM.

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He said "Government takes a serious view of the NPP Vice Chairman’s comments on Abusua FM and wishes to condemn the opposition party’s constant resort to hate speech.

Hate speech, plotting violence and calls for murder must not have a place in our politics."

Read the full statement:

GOV’T CONDEMNS NPP 1ST VICE CHAIRMAN FOR HATE SPEECH

The attention of Government has been drawn to some despicable and unimaginable comments attributed to the First Vice Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), F. F. Anto, indicating that President John Dramani Mahama deserves to be hanged or killed at the shooting range for seeking a second term as President.

The NPP Vice Chairman is also quoted by news reports as making reference to the shooting to the death of a former Head of State, General I. K. Acheampong, and indicating that what befell him is what President Mahama deserves.

Government takes a serious view of the NPP Vice Chairman’s comments on Abusua FM and wishes to condemn the opposition party’s constant resort to hate speech.

Hate speech, plotting violence and calls for murder must not have a place in our politics.

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The NPP Vice Chairman’s death wish for the President is particularly striking if you recall a previous failed assassination attempt on President Mahama and the fact that only recently the NPP imported three South African Mercenaries to engage in secret training for some hooligans under the now known operation; code named ‘Assaulting the Pillars of Power’.

We believe elections are about counting heads and not cutting heads. Government is therefore advising the NPP and all political actors to engage in progressive and 21st century politicking and not what divides and inculcates the resort to violence in our people.

Government is calling on the National Peace Council and the security agencies Government is calling on the National Peace Council and the security agencies to increase their alertness and vigilance in order to ensure the early identification and isolation of such backward incidents likely to be perpetrated
by men and women, who should know better as we have observed in this 
index case to forestall an escalation of tensions in our beloved country particularly as we inch closer to the December 7 general elections.

Signed:

EDWARD K. OMANE BOAMAH (DR.)
(Minister).

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