NPP Chairman Offers Mahama Conditional Apology

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After Calling For His Murder

The Kumasi-based First Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Fredrick Fredua Antoh, has offered a conditional apology to President John Dramani Mahama for demanding that he is killed in a firing squad fashion, for seeking a second term in office.

“If people feel bad about it, I apologise…People are saying that it is a hate speech but I don’t see it that way. I never asked people that if they see President Mahama, because he has mismanaged the economy, they should throw sticks at him”, he said in what appears to be an apology to him.

Speaking on a Kumasi-based radio station last Thursday, the NPP firebrand recklessly said, “Acheampong embarked on massive infrastructural development, he built Kumasi Sports Stadium, Komfo Anokye Polyclinic, but when he mismanaged the economy and inflation shot up, he was overthrown.

“Do you remember what happened to him? He was shot to death. The way and manner Mahama has mismanaged the economy, if not for civilization and democracy, he should have been killed by now,” Mr. Antoh stated.

Government and the Christian Council, have since condemned his comment.

Communication Minister, Edward Omane Boamah said in a statement “We believe elections are about counting heads and not cutting heads” and advised the NPP and all political actors to engage in progressive politicking and “not what divides and inculcates the resort to violence in our people” General Secretary of the Christian Council, Rev Dr. Opuni Frimpong described the remark as “unfortunate” and called on the New Patriotic Party to immediately “distance itself from the statement.”

But speaking on 3FM’s MIDDAY news on Friday, Mr. Antoh, said his statement did not incite people to attack the President, noting he was only making reference to a past event.

“If people feel bad about it, I apologise…People are saying that it is a hate speech but I don’t see it that way. I never asked people that if they see President Mahama, because he has mismanaged the economy, they should throw sticks at him.

I was just referring to a situation that has happened in the past,” Mr. Antoh clarified ahead the December 7 general elections, Civil Society groups have cautioned politicians and their assigns to be decorous in their statements as it could generate violence.

Government, had condemned what it saw as hate speech from the 1st Vice Chairman of the NPP, demanding that President Mahama, deserved to be killed by firing squad, following his bid for another four years in power on the ticket of the NDC.

The NPP Vice Chairman, is also quoted by news reports as making reference to the death sentence handed out to a former President, General I. K. Acheampong, who was killed by a firing squad in 1979, indicating that President Mahama, deserved a similar fate.

A statement from the Communications Ministry, asserted that “hate speech, plotting violence and calls for murder must not have a place in our politics” and condemned what it described as the opposition NPP’s “constant resort to hate speech.”

“The NPP Vice Chairman’s death wish for the President is particularly striking if you recall a previous failed assassination attempt on President Mahama and the fact that only recently the NPP imported three South African Mercenaries to engage in secret training for some hooligans under the now known operation; code named ‘Assaulting the Pillars of Power,” the statement added.

Government, thus called on the National Peace Council and the security agencies to increase their alertness and vigilance to ensure the early “isolation of such backward incidents likely to be perpetrated by men and women, who should know better.”

Find below the full statement
GOV’T CONDEMNS NPP 1ST VICE CHAIRMAN FOR HATE SPEECH

The attention of Government has been drawn to some despicable and unimaginable comments attributed to the First Vice Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), F. F. Anto, indicating that President John Dramani Mahama deserves to be hanged or killed at the shooting range for seeking a second term as President.

The NPP Vice Chairman is also quoted by news reports as making reference to the shooting to the death of a former Head of State, General I. K. Acheampong, and indicating that what befell him is what President Mahama deserves.

Government takes a serious view of the NPP Vice Chairman’s comments on Abusua FM and wishes to condemn the opposition party’s constant resort to hate speech.

Hate speech, plotting violence and calls for murder must not have a place in our politics. The NPP Vice Chairman’s death wish for the President is particularly striking if you recall a previous failed assassination attempt on President Mahama and the fact that only recently the NPP imported
three South African Mercenaries to engage in secret training for some hooligans under the now known operation; code named ‘Assaulting the Pillars of
Power’. We believe elections are about counting heads and not cutting heads.

Government is therefore advising the NPP and all political actors to engage in progressive and 21st century politicking and not what divides and inculcates the resort to violence in our people.

Government is calling on the National Peace Council and the security agencies to increase their alertness and vigilance in order to ensure the early identification and isolation of such backward incidents likely to be perpetrated by men and women, who should know better as we have observed in this Issued in Accra on Thursday, September 8, 2016. Index case to forestall an escalation of tensions in our beloved country particularly as we inch closer to the December 7 general elections.

Signed: EDWARD K. OMANE BOAMAH (DR.) (Minister)

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