Members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) yesterday embraced the dangers of COVID-19 and rather marched against the guns in the hands of rogue soldiers and police officers who have fired into protesters and killed them.
They, in particular, slammed President Akufo-Addo, describing him as a "dictator" as they hit the streets of Accra to protest in what was dubbed "March for Justice" demonstration which ended up with a submission of a petition to the presidency as well as Parliament.
The protesters decried what they say was the growing injustice and insecurity in the country under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo.
The NDC youth leader, George Opare Addo, had explained that "we intend to demonstrate and tell this government about our misgivings about happenings in this country. It is going to be a very peaceful march. We are marching for justice for our fallen brothers and sisters, to tell this government to fix the country, and create enough jobs for young people. We want the culture of silence to be broken and insecurity within the country tackled."
While Mr Opare Addo, led some members of the party to present the petition at the seat of government, his deputy, Ruth Dela Seddoh, also led another group to present a similar document to Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu.
After reading out the content of the petition, Mr Opare Addo presented it to the Deputy Chief of Staff in charge of operations, Emmanuel Bossman, who gave assurances that the document will be given to President Akufo-Addo.
There have been growing concerns about the use of the military for civil events that ordinarily should be handled by the police.
The incidents that have angered many, include the killing of some Ghanaians during the 2020 election, the invasion of Parliament by soldiers, the latest killing of two persons, and the injuring of four others who were protesting at Ejura in the Ashanti Region, the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election shootings.
The brutalization of some residents of the Upper West Region in Wa by some soldiers over a supposed stolen phone, has also been widely condemned.
Armed robbery and murder cases, have also been on the rise in parts of the country.
Thousands of members and sympathizers of the opposition NDC, participated in the protest march that saw them walk from the Accra Mall through Opeibea, the Lands Commission office, Christ the King Church and the Flagstaff House, before proceeding to parliament.
The supporters, most of whom are clad in red and black, sang and chanted with various placards, communicating their grievances.
Their placards read various inscriptions including, "Ahmed Suale deserved to live, No justice for the dead, no peace, #WeAreAllKaaka, We feel your silence Akufo-Addo and Bawumia, Ghanaian lives matter" among others.
The NDC General Secretary, charged the country's youth to be bold and hold the older generation accountable for the happenings in the country since they represent the future.
The NDC's General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said the future of the country is in the hands of the youth, and so the youth must ensure that everything happening now is accounted for so that the country is intact when it is handed over to them.
"I agree with the youth of the country, although I'm old. I think it is time for you to arise and hold the older generation accountable because we will soon hand it over to you, and you need to ensure that we don't hand over a country with no resources, a country that has had all its resources sold by people to look after their families. Ensure that you are not handed over to a country with an unstable democracy, a country without justice, or a country that promotes war because we can't look to the security agencies to protect us. I am very happy you are awake and staging this demonstration."
He also called on Ghanaians who are unconcerned about issues going on in the country to get involved, because it will affect them in the long run.