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The President, Akufo-Addo has revealed worries over Ex-President and Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, NDC, John Mahama’s seeming endorsement of the tagging of some individuals in government as “Akyem Sakawa people”.
President Akufo-Addo registered his displeasure when he meet the Catholic Diocesans Conference at the Jubilee House when they paid a politeness call on him.
“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. If I were to get up to make comments about Northerners or Gonjas, you can imagine the uproar that would be in the country.
“Presidential candidate, a former President of Ghana, you can call a group of Ghanaians “sakawa people”, and it involves the group for 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.” Occasions are given where specific comments can be made, nothing happens and it is lost in the generalities. We need to focus on this matter in an even-handed way,” he stated.
“I am very disturbed by the comments the former President Mahama made about Akyem people as “sakawa people” and up till today, I have not heard any senior citizen of this country, lay, religious, civil society organizations (CSOs), public think tanks, reprimand him for that statement. What can be the basis of such a remark? This is a public Act that you have a problem with, fair enough, but then, the people that are doing it are given this ethic branding. It cannot be right. This is the kind of language that we do not want in our politics,” the President added while he shared his ridicule for the remarks of the flagbearer of the NDC.
In a speech delivered the Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale and President of the Catholic Diocesan Conference, The Majority Of. Rev. Philip Naameh, before the remarks of President Akufo-Addo, requested of him to provide the Catholic University College, a Presidential Charter, to make the College an independent degree awarding institution. Discussing the national politics of disrespect, the Catholic Clergyman asked the President to make sure that all those that will certainly promote him throughout the electioneering campaign, do so with etiquette.
“We encourage you Mr. President to ensure that those who speak and campaign for you do so respecting your own values and etiquettes,” Rev. Philip Naameh stated.
President Akufo-Addo while welcoming the call of the Catholic Bishops Conference, indicated that the time had come for the Bishops and all various other senior citizens to condemn public and political figures in Ghana when they make distasteful remarks that promote ethnic beliefs as well as divisions.
“When things happen, we deal with them on their merit. We don’t worry ourselves whether he is in government or opposition, if what they have said is unacceptable, it should be pointed out to them. It goes for me. If the President opens his mouth, says something that is unacceptable, he should be reprimanded,” he said.
Source: Ghana Waves