It has emerged that the president, John Dramani Mahama, did not spare a member of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) communication team, Alhaji Halidu Haruna, when he used unprintable words on some female celebrities, who recently came public to question the commitment of government to end the current energy crisis, popularly known as dumsor.
The now repented communicator, revealed that he was personally contacted by president Mahama, through social media site whatsapp, to scorn him for attacking the likes of actress, Yvonne Nelson and Lydia Forson, who had earlier expressed disgust about the three-year-old power crisis.
As if that was not enough, Alhaji Halidu, was nearly lynched by some angry protestors, who turned up at last Saturday’s dumsor vigil organized by some celebrities, led by actress Ms Nelson, who started the campaign on social media.
Making a submission on a panel discussion on Joy FM’s Ghana Connect programme last Friday, Alhaji Haruna, who is lacing his boots to contest the NDC’s Ablekuma Central parliamentary seat for the second time said, he was heavily criticized by the president for calling the young women names and urged him to be wary of what he says when it comes to issues of gender especially women.
According to the communicator who has apologized severally over his unpleasant comments while blasting him for his uncouth behaviour, the president, he told Joy FM’s Evans Mensah, praised him for mustering courage to immediately pull down the comments from his Facebook wall following public condemnations.
At the programme, the one-time aide to former Deputy Chief of Staff Alex Segbefia under late president John Evans Atta Mills’ government again said his comments were irresponsible and he felt ashamed by them. He said since the incident, he has already crashed two of his cars because he was not in the right state of mind.
He revealed that after his apology, he once tried calling actress Lydia Forson to apologize to her, but the way and manner she responded to him, made him feel even guiltier.
He dismissed assertions the president had turned a blind eye on the insulting comments he made. He said but for the fact that he showed genuine remorse and apologized he would probably have been sacked from the NDC’s communications team.
The politicians during the section at the studios of Joy FM had told listeners he was going to take part in the procession to show his unflinching support for the crusade.
However, things nearly turned nasty when he turned up for the march just like any other Ghanaian. It took the intervention of the security agencies got to the near chaotic scene and whisked the former Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the National Hajj Committee away else the demonstrators who were clad in red, black, with candles, lanterns, bobo, torchlights with several placards some of which read, bring back our light and stop talking nonsense, dumsor must stop in Jesus name, were gearing up to beat him.
Listening to Joy FM’s, Evans Mensah, who witnessed the spectacle said the sight was not a pretty one to the extent that while he made the report, one could hear some of the demonstrators saying “that is him let’s beat him”.
Other young men and women who according to reports wore T-Shirts with the inscription “JM WILL FIX DUMSOR” who attempted to partake in the vigil were attacked by the protestors but were rescued by the Police here again.
Meanwhile two of the instigators of the vigil rapper Sarkodie were nowhere to be found when it mattered most. According to reports he travelled to the United States of America (USA) to shoot his video while actress Lydia Forson who wrote an open letter to the president on the power crises, is reported to be cooling off in the United Kingdom (UK).
It must, however, be put on record that, Ms Forson had earlier served notice during her interview with Radio Gold she has done her bit on the matter and that she would not attend any demonstration of a sort if it’s organized.