Former Minister of Trade and Industries, Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah has charged Ghanaians to rise up against what he describes as the tyranny of President Nana Addo Danwka Akufo-Addo's administration.
The failed presidential aspirant of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is of the view that the Akufo-Addo administration of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is squandering the democratic gains Ghana has made over the years.
His comments follow the closure of two pro-opposition radio stations, Radio Gold and Radio XYZ by the National Communication Authority (NCA).
The NCA said the two stations are among many radio stations operating without valid authorisation, according to the Director-General Joe Anokye.
He said the closures were part of enforcing the ruling of the Electronic Communication Tribunal.
Mr Anokye said Radio Gold’s authorisation expired since 2000 while Radio XYZ’s expired in 2016.
Mr Spio-Garbrah, who is also a former flag bearer hopeful of the NDC, told a vigil organised by the NDC over the closure of the stations that: “We had a culture in this country of encouraging openness, pluralism and democracy; and surprisingly, the party that has made the most noise of it being democratic and believes in human rights, are the ones that are killing it.
“So, I want to find whether you agree that it is time for Ghanaians to rise up against this creeping tyranny, it is time for the media to rise up, it is time for the international community to rise up. It is time for Ghanaians not to allow their freedoms to be trampled upon.”