End SARS Protests And President Akufo-Addo’s Silence: Who Is Missing The Point?

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Nigerian youths are still protesting and asking their police not to shoot and kill them just because they drive cars and they own iPhones and laptops.

The End SARS protests are still ongoing and there is no end in sight.

The protests have made it to the international media and as foreign leaders are watching on, celebrities and people in the diaspora are also lending their voice to the struggle.

Today, Nigerians in Ghana and some Ghanaians held an End SARS protest in front of the Nigerian High Commission.

For a couple of days now, people have been calling on President Akufo-Addo to speak about the End SARS protests.

Not because he is the President of Ghana, but in his capacity as the ECOWAS Chairman.

In that capacity, he recently ensured the return to civilian rule in Mali after the military staged a coup.

When George Floyd was killed by police officers in America, President Akufo-Addo issued a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter protests that followed the awful incident.

The President also has a history of fighting for human rights and this End SARS protest is just akin to the Black Lives Matter protests and falls in line with some of the human rights fights the president has taken on in the past.

As a result for his track record and his current capacity as the ECOWAS Chairperson, it perhaps understandable that people expect him to say something about the End SARS protests.

However, other things President Akufo-Addo had to consider before making a statement is the diplomatic relations between Ghana and Nigeria.

Others have argued that commenting about the SARS protest could be seen as an overreach into a sovereign country’s business.

One only recalls the late Prof Mills famously said Ghanaians should mind their own business when he was asked to react when Cote d’Ivoire was plunged into a second civil war in 2011.

There is also no secret that President Akufo-Addo sees a friend in Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari who was his guest of honor at his 2017 President Inauguration.

The two leaders have enjoyed a good working relationship since then and if President Akufo-Addo to release a statement that supports the protestors it will mean he is throwing the Nigerian President under the bus.

That being said, he cannot in anyway also release a statement that supports the Nigerian President as Buhari is currently the villain to the protestors.

Buhari has been accused of being unwilling to accept the demands of the Nigerian protestors with one protestor famously saying that “he (Buhari) has been a bad boy.”

Will it ever get to a point where President Akufo-Addo will have no choice but to issue a statement? Only time will tell.

Source: Kuulpeeps.com

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