Youth of Anlo, one of the many groupings within the Ewe ethnic group have strongly suggested that the time has probably come for Ewes to secede from Ghana.
A press statement by the Anlo Youth Council (AYC) calls for a look at the possibility of Eweland being decoupled from Ghana on account of suspected tyranny by the Akfo Addo administration.
Signed by its President, Mayor Agbleze, the statement used the declaration by KT Hammond, the MP for Adansi Asokwa, that Voltarians are foreigners as a basis to warn the Ewe people that they now live in the “Apartheid Republic of Ghana”.
It called the deliberate occupation of Volta and Oti lands by soldiers and Police at the behest of the ruling party as part of an agenda to carry out anti-Ewe schemes by the government.
“We take exception to the deployment of the military force in our communities that is simply brutalizing and intimidating innocent and unarmed citizens whose only crime is to have been born Togolanders in that part of Ghana called the Volta and Oti Regions,” read the statement from the Anlo Youth.
“We, therefore, join our Chiefs, traditional leaders and well-meaning Ghanaians to call for their immediate withdrawal from our communities and without pre-condition.”
The statement said it is clear that the selective deployment of soldiers to the Eastern border of Togo is purposed to target Voltarians and people in the Oti Region, which used to be part of the Volta Region.
“There is no other way to describe what is happening except to call it by its rightful epithet which is ethnic hatred,” the statement said, pointing out that Akufo-Addo has intentionally kept quiet over KT Hammond’s bigotry because the President, who claims to be a human rights lawyer, is the bigot-in-chief.”
“Sixty years down the line, we are sorely reminded that we are not Ghanaians and should have belonged to and remained with our kith and kin in the Republic of Togo, Benin and Nigeria by a Member of Parliament of Ghana, Kobina Tahiru Hammond,” the complained.
It added that “for over sixty years, Enterprise Ghana hasn’t worked. It is only fair to recognize that we have come to that thin line, a watershed between hate and love,” the statement said.
It pointed out that, “we came into Enterprise Ghana with our own land, its resources and people. We would go with that, and only that and none of the assets or resources of their Gold Coast.
The Volta Region has been a hotbed for secessionist movements as indigenes complained of victimisation from successive governments.
Recently, a group of separatists were arrested and are currently on trial.