General News of Friday, 13 March 2015
Former General Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie says President Mahama’s comment of becoming impervious to threats of strikes in the country is an insult to Ghanaians.
He said he expected the president to encourage Ghanaians on how he [Mahama] intends to solve the hardship his incompetence have plunged the country into rather than “telling the people of this country that he has a dead-goat syndrome”.
The former General Secretary of the NPP was reacting to the president’s recent comment of adopting what he calls a “dead-goat syndrome”. President John Mahama during a three-day official state visit to Botswana told a Ghanaian population there that he has become impervious to threats of strikes and demonstrations in Ghana and will not yield to any of such threats in the upcoming election year.
He said he would not be hoodwinked by such strategies by workers.
“I have seen more demonstrations and strikes in my first two years. I don’t think it can get worse. It is said that when you kill a goat and you frighten it with a knife, it doesn’t fear the knife because it is dead already. “I have a dead goat syndrome,” he said.
But Owusu Afriyie popularly known as Sir John in an interview on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem Thursday said President Mahama is taking Ghanaians for granted in the wake of the intense energy crisis that has hit the country.
“People are suffering, industries are collapsing and all the president can say is that he has a “dead goat syndrome”. What an insult to Ghanaians. Mahama should know that Ghanaians didn’t vote for him to come and sleep, wake up and tell us what he wants. He should come again and tell us something better” he noted.
On his part, Deputy Communications Director of the National Democratic Congress, Fred Agbenyo on the same show warned the NPP to stop giving false interpretation on the President’ comment, adding that NPP’s interest in the president’s comment shows how desperate they are for power.
“Why must you misinterpret what the president said when clearly you know that was not the case. It is clear state of desperation. This kind of tricky politics will not help at all. Ghanaians have voted for NDC and NPP and they know who they will vote for in 2016 elections.
“President is aware of the plight of Ghanaians and is very determined to put his words into actions. I can assure you that the people of Ghana will definitely vote for him in the 2016 general elections,” he said.