Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has advised the former president, John Dramani Mahama to always look at data before making public utterances to avoid embarrassment.

The former president in his recent engagement with the people of Ghana has been making statements over the economy of Ghana in the fight of coronavirus. According to him, the economic nature during his time was better than that of the current government.

Dr Bawumia has however replied the former president and has advised him to at data on his record in government as well as data on the performance of the ruling government before he speaks.

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“This time in the life of our country is not the time for politics. We are facing a global pandemic and the focus of the President as we have all seen, has been leading and making sure the right things are done to protect the lives of Ghanaians. This has been the focus of the President and generally, the focus of the government,” Dr. Bawumia told journalists after a COVID-19 meeting at the Jubilee House on Monday, May 4.

“That notwithstanding, we have seen that the former President John Mahama has been making a number of statements and many of these statements have been proven not to be true or when you look at the data, they are not true,” Dr. Bawumia said, adding that former President Mahama and the NDC should not delude themselves into believing that Ghanaians have soon forgotten how they mismanaged the economy when they were in power for eight years.

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“I will like us to all recall that the NDC was in government for eight years. They may think that we have short memories but we can still remember very clearly that after eight years that they had in government demonstrating their prowess in managing this country and the economy, what did they leave us with?”

“They left us with declining agriculture, declining industry, interest rates were high, inflation was high. In fact, if you look at the data in terms of macro-economic performance, in any economy since the year 2000, the tenure of the former President was the worst in terms of outcomes in macro-economic performance.” he said.

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