The Speaker of Parliament says Ghanaian youth who are leading the #FixTheCountry protest should not be regarded as misguided law-breakers.
Alban Bagbin said the youth have every right to protest against poor living conditions and must never be denied that right.
In his Eid-ul-Fitr message, he called on the government to acknowledge the rights of individuals to assemble and to demonstrate.
“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,” a section of the statement said.
“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.”
It added: “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.”
A section of Ghanaians have been venting their anger on Twitter over the last two weeks in protest of poor governance and the high cost of living in the country.
Some Ghanaians are also currently bearing the brunt of an intermittent supply of power, locally referred to as ‘Dumsor’.
Meanwhile, call and data charges have also been increased due to the increase in the National Health Insurance Levy by the government.
All these have culminated in a frustrated public, with some Ghanaians taking to Twitter to vent their frustration by joining the #FixTheCountry campaign.