The appointment of Dr. George Akuffo Dampare appears to have pleased many Ghanaians if not all of us.

The appointment of Dr. George Akuffo Dampare appears to have pleased many Ghanaians if not all of us.

The newly appointed IGP is hailed for his commitment to the work he does and the professionalism with which he discharges his duties.

I have seen many of the critics of President Akufo-Addo praising Dr. Dampare for his elevation to the position of Ghana’s Inspector General of Police.

These praises and expressions of happiness have eluded His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

I just hope that when a police officer is reported to have done something wrong, these same people praising the IGP would not come attacking the President instead.

My prayer is that in an event that a police officer does something which infringes on the rights of some individuals, Akufo-Addo would not take the flak and be described as a tyrant and using the police to mistreat or suppress the citizenry.

Much as we are directing the praises to the appointee, the criticisms and condemnations must equally be forwarded to the appointee and not the appointing authority!

An appointee is charged with responsibilities. If he discharges them to the best of his abilities and same meets the expectations of the general public, he should be praised. However, if his performance falls below expectations, he should be criticized.

Since Akufo-Addo is not sharing in the ‘spoils’ in terms of the praises going to Dr. Dampare, the President must not be insulted when police officers advertently and inadvertently do something parallel to the dictates of our laws. The head of the Police Service, must be asked questions when his officers flout our laws.

P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.