Former President John Dramani Mahama has been urged to unreservedly apologize for the ‘Akyem Sakawa Boys’ tag that has been widely criticized by a section of Ghanaians.
Vice President who was addressing a durbar of chiefs and people of Gushegu, bemoaned the utterances of the statesman indicating that it has the potential to divide Ghanaians on tribal lines.
He, therefore, appealed to him to apologize since Ghana is one despite the varying differences in tribe, religion, and backgrounds.
“We will call on John Mahama to apologize unreservedly for what he has endorsed. This election is going to be fought on our records and not tribalism and therefore we want unity in Ghana. We want a President who can unite us and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has demonstrated that he is that president by what he has demonstrated not only in Dagbon but Ghana as a whole”, he added.
Dr Bawumia who had very strong words for the National Democratic Congress(NDC) flagbearer who is a colleague northerner added “Ghana has gone beyond tribalism. Come and show your records you are resorting to tribalism. Nana Akufo-Addo…yes he is an Akyem and Akyems are proud Ghanaians. If you look at our big six three of them are from Akyem. These are not the people you can blanketly call Sakawa people”, he stressed.
It would be recalled that the former President last week spark controversy after sharing a post from the Member of Parliament(MP) for Bolgatanga Central with some tribal connotations.
“Agyapa Royalties Fraud Is The Last Straw:The Akyem Sakawa Boys and Grandpas Must Go” He wrote preceding the lengthy article.
But President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo while meeting with members of the Catholic Bishops Conference expressed disappointments in the comments.
“This name calling and insulting, seems to be a feature of Ghanaian public life which is…but sometimes one will hope that when things come out, people will comment on them. The comment made by my opponent [Akyem Sakawa people]. I have not heard any public independent figure in this country and yourselves comment on it. It is completely unacceptable”.
“If I was to get up to make comments about northerners or Gonjas, you can imagine the uproar that will be in the country. Presidential candidate? A former President of the republic of Ghana can call a group of Ghanaians being sakawa people and it involves a group which the sitting president comes? And that statement goes without comments?”