General News of Friday, 6 April 2018
Senior journalist with Media Generale Kwakye-Afreh Nuamah is asking if President Akufo-Addo’s address to the nation Thursday night on the controversial US-Ghana military deal didn’t make him Ghana’s new ‘dead goat’.
The broadcast journalist with wide social media following and influence took to his Facebook page to air his views:
“History has repeated itself? A dead goat? ???????????”, he wrote.
MYNEWSGH.com monitored the comments, noting that while a lot more agreed with him, some disagreed with him, and even insulted him.
On the same subject, Mr Afreh-Nuamah had earlier written:
“Did I hear the president say he is “outraged” by some of the criticisms from his political opponents whose patriotism can easily be questioned?Largely,he sounded like an angry man,unwilling to accomodate dissenting views. I think this is one of the president’s worst speeches. Who wrote that speech?” He asked.
Another equally influential journalist, award winning Manasseh Azure Awuni has described the President’s address on the establishment of a US Military station in Ghana as lacking substance and empty.
He said President Akufo-Addo only spoke English and nothing else.
While many Ghanaians from both sides of the political divide are opposed to the agreement and expected to hear the President call for its renegotiation or review, the President reinforced his confidence in the righteousness of his decision and the transparency with which he has approached it.
He jabbed the opposition NDC for their hypocrisy on the US military agreement given what they signed when they were in power.
‘Dead Goat’ background
President John Mahama had said he has become impervious to threats of strikes and demonstrations in Ghana and will not yield to any of such threats because there is an election.
Adopting what he called a “dead-goat syndrome”, the President said he would not be intimidated by strikes and demonstrations anymore.
“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.” He said at Botswana.
“I have a dead goat syndrome,” he added.