The National Security Minister, Kan Dapaah, and the Akufo-Addo government have come under fire from the convener of the pressure group #FixTheCountry movement, Oliver Mawuse Barker-Vormawor, for allegedly trying to buy him off with money and positions.
The organization, which has previously criticized the government, has been holding a number of protests in order to pressure it to take appropriate action to lessen Ghanaians’ suffering.
Mr. Oliver Barker-Vormawor said, in a statement to journalists on September 22, that he and his colleagues turned down the government’s offer after meeting with the National Security Minister in a covert location.
He said that the Minister of National Security had threatened to have them arrested if they persisted.
“Unknown to the government, we have recordings, while I was in the UK, the National Security Minister [Kan Dapaah], called and invited me for a sit-down. The government offered to pay for my flight, in order to meet here in Ghana.
“This was something that was never disclosed to the public, but we met at a safe house, for us to stop our activism, this was way before we started the first #FixTheCountry demonstration. We were offered not only money but appointments, and if we agreed to stop this, we were going to be free, but the most important thing was not to bring citizens onto the streets.
“When we rejected that, Kan Dapaah, the National Security Minister, said to my face that if we decide to continue on this course of action, we will be arrested. We will be dealt with and that, it will be over his dead body any demonstrations will happen. At the time we were even in Supreme Court at the time”.
He also alleged that the government for two years now has been attempting to prevent them from mobilising people to hit the streets.
“So I was not surprised that I was ultimately arrested by the government and continue being charged for treason. For over two years now, the government has tried to prevent us from mobilising people,” he claimed.
He implored members of the group who are scared for their lives not to show up.
“If there’s anybody out there who is afraid for their lives, I implore them not to come, the purchase of our democracy should not be that people should lose their lives, in order to secure it. I don’t subscribe to that view, My belief is that those who have every faith in themselves and feel courage and the compulsion must step out. If it is five people, we are still going to be here,” he advised.