Dr Abdul-Hamid says recent ethnocentric statements by the former president are unacceptable and uncalled for.
“We have all seen how former president John Mahama called some people ‘Akyem sakawa people’. How can a former president of this country call a group of people sakawa people? It’s so unacceptable of a former president.”
At a news conference in Accra, Abdul-Hamid questioned why the former president would include an ethnic group in his statement.
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On Friday at a meeting with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference at Jubilee House in Accra, President Akufo-Addo expressed misgivings about the description by the former president and called on all to condemn the statement.
The former president countered on Saturday, arguing that President Akufo-Addo should stay out of the argument.
“In any case, President Nana Akufo-Addo has lost the right to complain,” Mahama said. “He was an opposition leader who called presidents before anything you can imagine, including Professor Do Little.
“I do not want to repeat some of the other things he has said. He is the president who has called his critics naysayers and Jeremiahs. I do not understand on what standard he can be offended because he has precedence of name-calling,” Mahama said.
But Abdul-Hamid said Mahama wants to whip up ethnic sentiments to win the December polls.
‘’This is not the first time John Mahama is doing this. During the voter registration exercise, he was in the Volta Region inciting Voltarians against the NPP. And this ‘Akyem sakawa people’, why is John Mahama doing this?’
Abdul-Hamid, who is also the Minister of Inner-City and Zongo Development, called on well-meaning Ghanaians to ignore Mahama and ethnocentric statements as the December polls draw closer.
Wilberforce Asare / Asaase Radio