Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his co-facilitator in the Inter-Togolese dialogue have called on the President of Togo Faure Gnassingbè, to take immediate steps to extend the right to demonstrate to the entire national territory of the Togolese homeland as demanded by the opposition.
He has asked President Gnassingbè to guarantee the freedom of demonstration as well as the security of property and persons.
In a two page communique issued and signed by the co-facilitators – President Akufo Addo and President of Guinea, Alpha Conde – at the end of a summit with the government and opposition leaders of Togo, the Co-Facilitators also urged the security forces to ensure that they carry out their law enforcement mission with professionalism, in compliance with the laws of the land.
The two Heads of State, however, encouraged all political parties in Togo to suspend all forms of street demonstrations during the dialogue which is currently on going.
The communique also indicated that the Co-facilitators will carefully examine the details of the various concerns raised by both parties as proposed by them.
They will subsequently present them to the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS at their next summit for their consideration and necessary action.
By: Joseph Nii Ankrah