Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has called on government to allow Ghanaian youth demonstrate and express their frustrations on the worsening living conditions of the country.
In a message to mark Edi-ul-Fitr, the speaker bemoaned how members of the #fixthecountry campaign were denied the chance to hit the street and had to resort to social media.
“I wish to commend the youth, both Muslims and Christians, who are demanding a lot more pragmatic measures from the leadership of our country to fix the numerous challenges that confront us at the moment. It is obvious that the majority of the concerns expressed by the Fix Ghana Movement have existed since our independence. However, it is also true that these challenges have become more pronounced in today’s Ghana.”
“Our country is failing, and we must work together in a peaceful approach to avoid recourse to violence. A peaceful approach includes acknowledging the rights of individuals to assemble and to demonstrate without any subterfuge calculated at denying the youth of that right. The youth seeking to protest are not misguided law-breakers. They are patriots and citizens; citizens in the sense that the President called for in his first inaugural address,” he added.