According to him, students should not let thieves harass them on campus since they can solve and deal with the situation for good while not expecting help from the police or university authorities or government.
He explained that so as for the robbery incidents to prevent drastically, the students should benefit of their youthful age to think proactively and act on them since they’re the rightful people to put a stop to it.
And for that to be achieved, the students must also think like thieves to know a way to salvage matters.
Using his life as an example, Rawlings said he always fought for what was right at his youthful age because he had the strength to do so and is shocked the youth of these days are inactive therefore making people take advantage of their vulnerability.
Speaking at the 3rd Revolutionary Lecture Series at the University of ghana business school on the theme “Developing a National Character for sustainable good Governance”, Rawlings said “I’ve engaged in numerous actions since i was quite little…but till then right from school if I had any reason to believe somebody was doing the wrong thing, i would fight my way…. the average age you being around here will be about 23, 22, 24? In terms of energy, tenacity etc, nothing beats that age”.
“And you sit down and permit cowardly thieves to come and harass you? And make you feel uncomfortable? No, no, you can deal with this. Don’t expect the police to come and do it for you. you can deal with this, just think like a criminal too. You’re young men, they should never dream of coming to do this on campus like this. you can do it”.
Students of the University of ghana in recent times get attacked by robbers on their way to their hostels from lectures or the library.
The stretch from the Pentagon-James Topp Nelson Yankah hall has become a disreputable hide-out for criminals who often inflict wounds on students, rob them of their personal effects and sometimes try to rape female victims.
Early this month, a final year psychology student of the university was attacked by robbers. the students in the campaign; #MakeUGaSafePlaceAgain mounted pressure on authorities of the university to take the required steps to immediately address the recent state of insecurity in the college.
Management however reiterated its commitment to making sure that the institution is made safe for academic work and provided streetlights on the stretch for them.
But former President Rawlings is of the view that the students are the only ones capable of bringing an end to the robbery cases on campus.