A USA-based Ghanaian professor identified as Kwaku Asare has urged the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress(NDC),John Mahama to withdraw and apologize over his ‘Akyem Sakawa boys’ comments.
According to him,John Mahama’s description of Akyems as ‘Sakawa Boys’ is unacceptable and unbecoming.
Recall that John Mahama shared an article written by Bolgatanga Central Member of Parliament Isaac Adongo on his Facebook page and captioned the article as ‘Akyem Sakawa Boys’ and ‘Grandpa’.
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“He (President Nana Akufo-Addo) was an opposition leader who called Presidents before him anything you can imagine,including ‘Prof Do Little’ and then he described somebody as a ‘Simpa Panyin’ and I don’t want to repeat the others things.He’s the President who has called his critics naysayers and Jeremiahs.”
“I don’t understand on what standard on what standard he can be offended at this time because he has precedent of name-calling” he added.
Prof Asare however has a different view of John Mahama’s infamous comments on the Akyems as he has called for the ex-president to withdraw his statement and apologize.
“I had assumed and therefore ignored the “akyem sakawa boys” phrase attributed to my friend and former President John Dramani Mahama because I thought it was fake news.
“However, it is now clear that I assumed wrongly.
“Such a phrase coming from a former President and an aspiring Presidential candidate, whether originally authored or retweeted, is unacceptable, unbecoming, unsightly, unpleasant and has no place in our civic space. It is condemnable and must be condemned in no uncertain terms.
“His Excellency must reflect on the phrase, withdraw it and offer an unconditional apology to my Akyem brethren who fed me well when I carried cocoa in Oda.” He noted.