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Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has actually said Ex-President John Mahama have to apologise for, according to him, backing the summary of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s ethnic group by opposition MP Isaac Adongo, as ‘Akyem Sakawa people’.
At a meeting with the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference on Friday, 4 August 2020, Nana Akufo-Addo grumbled that: “Archbishop, this name-calling seems to be a feature of Ghanaian public life but sometimes, when things come out, we would hope that you will comment on them”.
“The comment made by my opponent: ‘Akyem Sakawa people’, I have not heard any public figure, independent person, yourselves, comment on it.
“It is completely unacceptable”, Mr Akufo-Asso said, adding: “If I were to get up to make comments about Northerners or Gonjas, you can imagine the uproar that would be in the country”, he pointed out.
The President wondered exactly how Mr Mahama, a presidential candidate as well as a former Head of state of Ghana, “can call a group of Ghanaians ‘Sakawa people'”.
“And it involves the group from which the sitting President comes, and that statement goes without comment, and at the same time we hear all these statements, let all try and bring the politics of insults to an end,” the President stated.
Throughout his campaign tour of Gusehgu in the Northern Area, Dr. Bawumia charged Mr Mahama of replacing his incompetence with tribalism in the lead-up to the 7 December 2020 surveys.
“We don’t want a president who divides. We want a president who unites and, so, the recent utterance by John Mahama referring to Akyems as Sakawa Boys; how do you take a whole tribe and say they are Sakawa?” Dr Bawumia asked himself.
“You cannot win this Presidency with tribalism. Ghana has gone beyond tribalism”, he condemned.
“This election is going to be fought on our record but not on tribalism.”
Meanwhile, Mr Mahama, in his response to the President told TELEVISION XYZ in an interview on Saturday, said that the President is rather seeking to stir tribal tensions.
Source: Ghana Waves