SELECTIVE JUSTICE IS A THREAT TO DEMOCRACY
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under a just God cannot long retain it.” Abraham Lincoln, 1859.
The above video recorded by TV3 and sighted by the People’s Liberation Council (PLC) of Western Togoland in which the speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin was seen and heard making a salient submission on SELECTIVE JUSTICE and the RULE OF LAW, goes to buttress the stance of the PLC in that freedom must go hand in hand with equality.
Indeed, Ghana as a country has failed to administer freedom and Justice in the issue of Western Togoland over the years.
The Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin observed right when he said that the state apparatus has in the discharge of justice, employed selective justice in trials and dealings with citizens found culpable or otherwise of the law and largely with the people of Western Togoland.
He observed that the country had come to a point where there is only selective justice.
“Once there is selective justice, we will never have peace. Once we have justice, there will be peace. But if you say I don’t matter, you also don’t matter, and that’s a conflict situation.”
The government of Ghana had always maintained that the sovereign people of Western Togoland do not matter in the scheme of things and as such Western Togolanders are also tempted to see the government and the people of Ghana as such.
A situation like that does not auger well for peaceful coexistence and harmony between the two sovereign territories, leaving a situation of “what is good for the goose is also good for the gander.”
Ghana must begin to respect the civil and human rights of the people of Western Togoland which is necessary for the consolidation of democratic values and the rule of law.
By: People’s Liberation Council (PLC) Communication bureau.