Vice President Bawumia has categorically stated that the government of Ghana will not enter into any negotiation with the secessionist group demanding independence from Ghana to form an autonomous ‘Western Togoland.’
A security analyst Col. Festus Aboagye (Rtd) had urged the government to sit at a table with leaders of secessionists’ group as he believes an engagement between the two entities is critical in preventing the seeming growth of recalcitrant acts perpetrated in the Volta Region over the past week, from escalating.
His call came after a group of persons believed to be members of Western Togoland separatist movement Monday down attacked the State Transport Corporation (STC) in the Volta regional capital of Ho.
In this latest attack allegedly carried out by the group which follows an earlier attack on some state institutions and police stations including mounting of roadblocks on Friday 25th September 2020, some drivers in the yard were beaten while two vehicles belonging to the company were set ablaze.
The vehicles including a 14-seater bus with registration number, GG-4054-19 was burnt totally while the second one GG-1737-19 had parts of it burnt.
Speaking on JoyNews, Col Abogye (Rtd) emphasized the need for a dialogue between the two sides.
“Negotiation and mediation do not only seek to find solutions. Sometimes, it’s for purposes of communications…We need to find out the legitimacy of their struggle and who they represent. They also need to understand us as Ghana.”
But commenting on the issue in an interview on Asempa FM on Wednesday, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia stated that it will be senseless on the part of the government to engage the separatists.
“Negotiate with who, these criminals…on what basis? It doesn’t make sense. If so then we’ll be open to many things, tomorrow you’ll go somewhere and some group will get up and say the northern territory has to also be somewhere else. What we need is intelligence and we’ll try to deal with this.”