“You can make a general statement and nobody will have a problem with it…when you single out, you put yourself at risk. Whether he said Ashantis or not, it is negative especially coming from a President who is delivering goods and services; there was no basis for that statement,” says the Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr.
The ace journalist’s comment comes on the back of comments made by President John Dramani Mahama during his three day tour of the Ashanti Region.
President Mahama is alleged to have accused the people of Kumasi of not being appreciative of government efforts in the region.
Addressing supporters of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Kumasi, President Mahama said in Twi: ‘sɛ Akokɔ sa kyerɛ Akroma a, ennyɛ no fɛ’; to wit, the chick can never impress the hawk with its dancing.
He further noted that even if his government uses gold to construct roads in the region, the people of Kumasi will not appreciate it.
Many are those who have criticized the President for making this comment; accusing him of being tribalistic.
However, Deputy Information Minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu has indicated that the tape was doctored to create controversy and to make the NDC led government lose favour in the Ashanti Region.
Speaking on Peace FM’s‘Kokrokoo’,Kweku Baako said the President should have made a general statement instead of singling out a particular group of people.
He told Kwami Sefa-Kayi that “even if you took the tribal and ethnocentric issue out, it is still not proper that as a President you will single out any community of people and say that they are not appreciative of the goods and services you are delivering to them. No matter how well you intended it to be, you lose. You don’t go singling out.
“..you could make a general statement and nobody will have a problem with it…when you single out, you put yourself at risk. Whether he said Ashantis or not, it is negative especially coming from a President who is delivering goods and services; there was no basis for that statement”
Daddy Lumba’s Yen tie Obia
Commenting on the song ‘Yen tie Obiaa’ President Mahama used during his tour, Kweku Baako Jnr. said even though the song is ‘not bad’ the ‘context’ in which it was used, creates a bad impression for the Mahama led administration.
“It can create the image of insensitivity and arrogance for a party in government…the song is okay but the context in which it was used…Some will feel offended and that will mean you have not communicated effectively,” he said.