Following the tweet “OLIVER VORMAWOR ARRESTED AGAIN?” by the British High Commissioner H.E Harriet Thompson and the letter subsequently written by the Inspector General of Police Dr. George Akuffo Dampare to the High Commissioner on the need to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of Ghana, a letter in circulation now, NDC’s General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia has spoken out loud and forcefully against the IGP describing his letter as regrettable and misguided…”
The vociferous NDC General Secretary further labeled the IGP’s approach as an “ ill-advised attack and farfetched” and later implored the him “…to rather focus his attention on the worsening security environment which has led to the gruesome loss of life of a lawyer, gold dealers in Asamang Tamfoe, and many other victims of unresolved police brutalities from the 2020 election killings to Ejura, Tamale, Akatsi, Asawase, and Nkoranza.”
Whilst some opposition members have described his criticisms as good and timely, a trip down memory lane reveals an interesting episode:
In 2014, when Ghana was reeling from an economic crisis following years of power fluctuations which had resulted in the shutdown of factories amidst other challenges, then President Mahama tweeted: “As a people, we have had to make sacrifices. I wish to assure you that the results of these sacrifices would begin to show very soon”. The US Embassy in a sharp response wrote: “@JDMahama and what sacrifices are you making? Don’t tell me that pay cut?”.
Hanna Tetteh, then foreign minister of Ghana demanded an immediate and unqualified apology from the US Ambassador whilst other leading NDC faithful including Sam Dzata George, Dela Coffie, and Twum Boafo among others asked that the US Ambassador be summoned to the Flag Staff House to render an apology to President Mahama for the clear attack and insult.
Does Asiedu Nketia remember this episode? Politicians have the penchant for trying to be saints when political tides favor them but quickly revise their stance when dynamics shift against them. Asiedu Nketia cannot play saint when his own people expressed a similar stance when a tweet from the US Embassy at the time didn’t favor his party and government.
Was the IGP GEORGE AKUFFO DAMPARE Wrong or right?