‘Ghana has become tolerant of violence’ – Kwesi Aning

Security Analyst, Kwesi Aning, has said the sudden rise in violent crimes and vigilantism in the country are not surprising.

According to him, Ghana has become a tolerant society when it comes to violence.

Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show on Thursday, the Security Analyst said the kind of language and attitude exhibited by Ghanaians in the public space has strong underlying violent tones.

“Overtime, back to the last 15 to 20 years, we have become a tolerant society when it is related to violence, it has become showmanship when the violent actually does happen.”

“I am not surprised at all, and this is going to rise dramatically before we get a handle on it. Our language itself glorifies violence, and right now the threat of harming somebody. The kind of sheer indiscipline that glorifies violence in the public space doesn’t exhibit surprise,” he said.

“Violence has become a spectacle, and we have to remove the shock from it, we have to remove the pain from it,” he added.

The latter part of  last year and the beginning of this year has seen an increase in the number of killings, with the police reporting  129 murder cases between January and May 2018.

Some violent crimes between 2018 and 2019

On December 30, pastor, Rev. Dr. David Nabegmado was attacked while preparing to leave his inner office to the main church auditorium to preach as service was ongoing.

A Chief at Somanya was shot and killed in December 2018.

On January 13, 2019, the Marketing and Public Affairs Manager of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) in charge of the Tema Port, Josephine Asante, has been stabbed to death at her residence.

On January  17, 2018, an investigator with Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Tiger Eye PI, Ahmed Hussein-Suale was shot dead in his car.


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