Former President Mahama clears air on “Akyem Sakawa boys” ethnocentric comments

Former president and flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has said that he never called the Akyems, “Akyem Sakawa” as is being purported by some sections of Ghanaians.

Speaking in an interview at Accra based Class Fm, Mr Mahama said that he never called Akyems “Akyem Sakawa”, but he only read a statement by Isaac Adonge which sought to put forth an argument that he also sided with. According to him, the arguments were cogent.

“I didn’t say anybody is Akyem Sakawa. I read a statement by Isaac Adongo and he made very good argument and my mind was on the body of the arguments he made. The arguments he made were very cogent and that is why I reposted [statement],” he intimated in the interview.

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Fmr President, Ghana and NDC Flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama

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John Mahama has been heavily criticized by some sections of Ghanaians especially residents of the Akyem Abuakwa for endorsing an ethnocentric comment via his personal Facebook page.

The President of Ghana, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo among other big stalwarts in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has also condemned Mr Mahama for sharing the post.

Among the protesters is the Okyeman Youth For Development, who staged a demonstration and subsequently threatened to stop Mahama from campaigning in any Akyem land if refuses to apologise over the said comments.

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Responding to the statement made by the group, Mr Mahama disagreed with the idea and asked that such notions are not encouraged since it will not build the country.

Mr Mahama said: “Nobody bans anybody from going anywhere, and we shouldn’t go there because if other people say they are banning other people from going to other places, what kind of country are we going to have?”

President Akufo-Addo angry over ethnocentric comment endorsed by Mr John Mahama.

Mahama won’t apologise over ‘Akyem Sakawa’ comments

On the same issue, the Member of Parliament for Odododiodoo, Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye has said John Mahama will not apologise over the “Akyem Sakawa boys” tag.

The Odododiodoo legislator in a Citi News interview said the call on Mr Mahama to apologise is misplaced.

SOURCE: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI

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