US-based Ghanaian gospel musician and preacher Sonnie Badu has urged the military and police to exercise some restraint while enforcing the lockdown in some parts of Ghana.
The musician’s call follows videos of alleged brutality meted out to some civilians who flouted the lockdown protocols.
The military and police have been tasked by President Akufo-Addo to enforce a two-week lockdown of some parts of Greater Accra, Tema and Greater Kumasi to curb the Coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Since the lockdown came into effect on Monday dawn, several videos have surfaced online showing the military caning or punishing recalcitrant civilians.
Reacting to the videos, Sonnie Badu, in a post on Instagram, urged the security personnel to be tolerant.
“I really want to urge the military and the police in Africa to exercise wisdom and patience. Let’s understand that this virus has taken everyone by storm so that means it’s not going to be an overnight change,” he said.
The preacher cautioned, “Let’s not use this to bully and toss human beings around, but help them understand the seriousness of this matter … Also remember, there are mobile phones around that could make you trend in a bad way …”
“And oh, pls practice social distancing amongst each other because you are not above the law and clearly this virus is not a respecter of uniform … question, what if that man you are holding has it?” Sonnie Badu concluded.
Meanwhile, the military high command has dismissed the most of the videos showing the brutalities as false.
Source: 3news.com | Ghana
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