The outspoken New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa, P.C Appiah Ofori, has told Citi News
that any reprisal attacks on Fulani nomads is justified.
According to him, he has no sympathies for any nomad who gets lynched for suspected crimes committed against their local hosts.
He said Ghanaians have the legal right to defend themselves when they come under any form of attack from the herdsmen.
“If in the course of defending ourselves they have to die then it is justified,” the MP stated. “So killing them I personally support it.”
Thirteen nomads were recently slaughtered in Gushegu in the Northern region of Ghana.
Several others have either been lynched or been under constant attack from locals in areas such as Agogo in the Ashanti region where vigilante attacks against them are all too common.
There are reports that the Fulani xenophobia has spread to the Brong Ahafo region too where the locals are also threatening vigilantism against the nomads if the authorities do not get them out of the area.
Speaking in an interview with Citi News
Hon. Appiah Ofori said he sees nothing wrong with any defensive attacks on nomadic Fulanis, who allegedly rape and kill Ghanaians without provocation.
“It has become chronic that such people come to this country to perpetuate crimes,” the legislator said. “The time is right for the country to put its feet down. If this people have come to do bad things we must try to defend ourselves.”
“If they have come to kill my brothers should I allow them to get away?” he asked, adding that “if you have come to kill my brother and I am in the position to kill you back yes I will.”