The host of Asempa FM’s flagship political afternoon show Kojo Asare Baffour Acheampong popularly known as KABA has rubbished claims by the ruling New Patriotic Party that Ex-President John Dramani Mahama referred to them pigs.
Speaking on his show on 8th November, 2017, Monitored by GhanaPoliticsonline.com, he insisted that the Ex-President was using pigs as used figuratively in George Orwell’s literature act “Animal Farm”.
” I was surprised when I heard the NPP claiming John Mahama referred to them as pigs. It is very clear from the analogy the former president made that he was not necessarily referring to members of the NPP as pigs but he rather used a figure of speech.”
His Excellency John Dramani Mahama’s comment has generated controversy from the rank and file of government with the vice president Dr Mahmoud Bawumia responding to some parts of the statements emanating from the National Democratic Congress’ Unity Walk in Cape-Coast
On October 28, Mr. Ayisi-Boateng who is Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa while addressing some TESCON members in Kumasi stated that he prioritizes NPP members over other Ghanaians and added that some Ghanaians are more Ghanaian than others.
He early on refused to apologize nor retract his words when public opinion mounted on him to do so but after being summoned to the seat of government, he released a letter apologizing for the “effect” of his words and retracting same.
This development has however not gone down with a section of society especially the main opposition party, the NDC who accuse him of giving an insincere apology and have called on him to resign or the president to relieve him of his post.
Former president John Mahama who lost abysmally to Nana Akufo-Addo in December 2016 in a failed attempt to secure his second term, waded into the conversation and accused the president of not showing good leadership skills for not sacking Ayisi-Boateng.
He added that Mr. Ayisi’s comments are likable to those of Napoleon and the other pigs in George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ where the animals said ‘all animals are equal’ but in a bid to justify why they were enjoying the pigs changed the phrase to “all animals are equal but some are more equal than others”.
Mahama was speaking to NDC members on Sunday in Cape Coast in the Central Region at a unity walk organized by the party.
The former president’s comments have however, failed to evade the eagle eyes of some critics on social media who have accused him of referring to President Akufo-Addo and his appointees as pigs. Some of the critics have chastised the former head of state and asked him to crawl back into his shell.
In the meantime, the minority has given an ultimatum to Mr. Ayisi-Boateng to resign or the president should sack him or face their [minority] next line of action.
Speaking on Joy News TV’s UPFRONT programme, Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said they would resort to parliamentary procedures to have the High Commissioner removed if he fails to resign.