General News of Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Immediate former Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akomea has slighted President John Dramani Mahama over his recent observations about the attitude of Ghanaians.
President John Mahama, addressing a congregation at the inauguration of the Revival Restoration Centre of the Assemblies in Accra, averred that the memories of Ghanaians regarding his government's interventions and achievements are short-lived.
President Mahama cited the energy crisis that haunted the nation some months ago to buttress his point, saying during the days of the intermittent blackouts in the country, Ghanaians lambasted the government, but it appears they have suddenly forgotten about the interventions made so far, which has brought the situation under control.
To him, Ghanaians should express their gratitude to the government.
But speaking to Peacefmonline.com, Nana Akomea described the President's statement as a "denigration" of the Ghanaian citizenry.
“The President is denigrating Ghanaians. He seems to be implying that Ghanaians are not grateful and that they don’t acknowledge good things. So, that would amount to a denigration of Ghanaians,” he said.
In his view, Ghanaians have been mild in character towards the ruling National Democratic Congress for its inability to salvage the economy.
Alluding to some economic pressures such as the incessant corruption issues coupled with other challenges facing the citizenry, Nana Akomea believed it is "wicked" on the part of the government to suggest that Ghanaians are ungrateful.
“In fact, Ghanaians have even been mild. They have been considerate. They have patient with the government. And so, for anybody to be describing them as ungrateful; it’s really wicked.”
According to him, during the reign of the erstwhile Kufour government, John Mahama, then a Parliamentarian, played an active role on the opposition bench ensuring the Kufour government becomes unpopular.
Nonetheless, no Ghanaian "accused him of having a short memory or not being grateful". So, now that "conditions are much worse. Conditions in this country today are much much worse than they were between 2001 and 2008..." people should "even complain more…,” Nana Akomea insisted.