Baako exposes Mahama’s failed manifesto promise on Fulani menace

Editor in Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper is pinching government over what he says is the “talk much do less” approach in dealing with the ‘Fulani’ crisis in Ghana.

Kweku Baako Jnr who made a return on Newsfile after a month long break said the Mahama government and those before him, have failed to address the teething challenges about the fulani crisis.

He was even more disappointed in the NDC government which made a categorical promise in 2012 to comprehensively deal with the problems of fulani herdsmen.

Quoting page 72 of the NDC 2012 manifesto titled Advancing a better Ghana agenda the NDC promised that “the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) will organise training for at least 2000 rapid response personnel at the national and regional and district levels and take appropriate steps in conjunction with national security council and the ministry of food and agriculture to address comprehensively and in a sustainable manner the menace posed by alien herdsmen especially the fulani herdsmen within the framework of the ECOWAS protocol.”

Having spent more than three years of a four year mandate with the fulani menace still rearing its ugly head, Malik Kweku Baako Jnr wondered what the government has done about the campaign promise on the fulani menace.

He challenged the Deputy Minister of Interior James Agalga who was on the Newsfile show to tell Ghanaians what the NDC has done in respect of the promise with barely eight months for the tenure of the Mahama administration to come to an end.

James Agalga said the government first wants to restructure NADMO before going ahead to employ the 2000 people.

He said the government has brought a bill before Parliament seeking to restructure NADMO after which the 2000 personnel will be appointed.

But Kweku Baako retorted, stating at no point in the manifesto promise did the NDC talk about introducing a new bill before Parliament.

If at all the Bill was necessary, the avowed NDC critic could not fathom why the government waited till the final year of its tenure before attempting to pass the Bill.

Flush out
James Agalga said government will flush out all the fulani herdsmen whose cattle are left to stray in the area of Agogo

Even though he admitted that some herdsmen popularly referred to as Fulani are Ghanaians and are entitled to live within the community, he said the security forces will crack the whip on the others who invade the country and leave their cattle to graze on people’s farms.

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