Akyem youth protest against Mahama’s ‘Sakawa Boys’ comment. Mr Adongo used the descriptor in a write-up which was shared on Mahama’s Facebook page
A group by name Okyeman Youth For Development has threatened to protest against the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer John Dramani Mahama and his associates for referring to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) political figures who hail from Akyem as “Akyem Sakawa Boys.”
According to members of the group, the ex-President and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatanga Central, Isaac Adongo made ethnocentric comment and said the action was below the belt.
Speaking to the media in Accra yesterday, the Convener of the group, Nana Yaw Osene Akwa said they would embark on the demonstration today at Asamankese in the Lower West Akim Municipality of the Eastern Region to express their displeasure about the comment.
“We expect thousands of Akyem people to come and support the demonstration,” he added.
Mr Akwa explained that the protest aims to make the flagbearer and his accomplice apologise for the ethnocentric comment.
He said tribalism in politics was not right and the nation has to frown against it, thus the demonstration.
“All the Akyem people who are unhappy with the comment shared on the Facebook wall by the ex-President are coming to demonstrate for him to retract and apologise to Okyeman and the three paramountcies,” Mr Akwa said.
The demonstrators, he said comprise of youth and chiefs from Akyem Abuakwa, Akyem Kotoku and Bosome.
Mr Amakwa observed that the comment was an insult to the people of Akyem and would not fold their arms to see a great political figure disrespecting Ghanaians from the area.
The MP for the Bolgatanga Central, Mr Adongo used the descriptor in a write-up which was shared on the NDC flagbearer Facebook page critiquing the Agyapa Royalties deal.
Both politicians have been lambasted over the tag, which has been deemed ethnocentric.
Former president Mahama defence of the tag have been condemned by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
He stated that such kind of language should not be entertained in the country’s politics since it was a shame, a form of name calling and could breed war to destroy the peace of the country.
“Sometimes one would 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 figure in this country or anybody comment on it,” President Akufo-Addo added.
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President also urged the NDC flagbearer to apologise for endorsing such comments.
The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has been one of the observers to condemn the comments.
The foundation regretted that Mr Mahama shared the article on his Facebook page, adding that “this amounts to republication and an endorsement of the ethnocentric comments.”