POLITICS: President Akufo-Addo Condemns John Mahama's Comment Tagging 'Akyems' As 'Sakawa Boys'
President Akufo-Addo has expressed disappointment in the Presidential Candidate of the largest opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama over his comments saying Akyems are 'Sakawa Boys'.
According to President Akufo-Addo, he is amazed that the comments by the Presidential Candidate has not been condemned by Religious Bodies and other Organisations.
In an interview with an Accra based radio station, President Akufo-Addo said “The president opens his mouth and says something which is unacceptable, he should be reprimanded and in same way opposition politicians, [and] people in the public space who comment, if they conduct themselves by their utterances in an unacceptable way, they should be brought to book and they should be reprimanded"
President Akufo-Addo's condemnation comes after Candidate Mahama took to his face book page sharing an article written by Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central Constituency, Isaac Adongo which described the people from the Akyems state as 'Grandpas' who do not deserve to be in government.
However, it is emerging that youth in Akyem are furious over the utterance from Candidate Mahama and are demanding he apologises to them. "I am surprised senior citizens as well as civil-society organisations and religious leaders have kept quiet over the issue" President Akufo-Addo. “What can be the basis for such a remark?” he wondered. If it’s a public act that you have a problem with, fair enough but that the people who are doing it are given this ethnic branding, that cannot be right" he added.
President Akufo-Addo also noted such comments should not be entertained in the country's politics.
He said "So I am 100 per cent on the same wavelength as you as to the kind of politics that will make sense in our [country],”
“I am very keen also that when things happen, we will deal with each matter on its merit. Don’t worry yourselves whether the person is in government or opposition or this or that whether there are political persuasions or not.
“If what they have said is unacceptable, it should be pointed out that it should be unacceptable. It goes for me" President Akufo-Addo concluded.
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith