President’s Response to Ethnocentric Comments; Mark of a True Statesman – Joseph G. Yeboah

We make reference to an interview granted the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Akufo- Addo on Oman 107.1 FM/ Net2 Television on 4th September 2020 and unreservedly applaud him for his statesmanship responses to questions on the publicized ethnocentric comments made by the presidential candidate of the NDC and former president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama.

Although we agree the sitting President had every cause to feel appalled over the reference to Akyems as being Sakawa people, we commend him for the level of maturity in which he responded when quizzed on the subject on Oman 107.1 FM/ Net2 Television which depicted a mark of good and exemplary leader. As the president saw the need to use the opportunity to address more crucial national issues, we encourage he keeps to such level of decorum and continue to show respect to the good people of Ghana who adore harmonious co-existence and peaceful living amongst each other.

We call on all leading members of various political parties to follow the steps of the President and at all times stay away from comments that could further divide the nation. We also entreat leaders to make frantic efforts to apologise to affected people or the good people of Ghana as a whole if such mistakes have been made.

We further call on the media to focus on playing their roles as gatekeepers, scorekeepers and watchdogs and pay less attention to reportage that could derail the peace of the nation.


Joseph G. Yeboah

President, Intellectual Patriots

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