Member of Parliament for Bodi, Sampson Ahi, is accusing President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of dragging Ghana back to the dark ages.
According to him, for a President who has been acclaimed as apostle of democracy, rule of law, human rights advocate and believer in free speech, it is unthinkable that the same person is displaying too much intolerance.
President Nana Akufo-Addo, he said, has demonstrated he is far from being accommodating of divergent views and certainly does not believe the fundamental human rights of some Ghanaians should be protected.
The Bodi lawmaker was speaking about the closure of private radio stations, Radio Gold and XYZ by the National Communication Authority (NCA) last week.
Blame for the closure, he said, should be laid squarely on the door steps of the President because he is the appointing authority and indeed appointed the Chief Executive of the NCA and Minister for Communication.
“Radio Gold and XYZ have indicated they had written and submitted their documents requesting for renewal from the NCA. Unless this is not true, the NCA should either confirm or refute these claims.”
Mr. Ahi lamented the exercise was carried out just to ensure the press conference by the National Council of Elders of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is not carried live for Ghanaians to listen.
“Nana Akufo-Addo ordered them to shut down the stations to show he wields power and authority but they should not forget his presidency is transient and at most only eight years.”
Ghanaians, he said, should revise their notes about who Nana Akufo-Addo truly is judging from what is happening under his presidency.
He said, “Look at what happened at the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election? Nobody has been arrested.”
“The President should have acted swiftly if he had wanted to ensure the fundamental human rights of Ghanaians are protected.”
“But I am not surprised because President Akufo-Addo thinks he is above the laws of Ghana and that nobody can do anything to him; but to some extent he is right.”
“Especially when chiefs, religious authorities and opinion leaders have suddenly lost their voices and have relegated criticism of government to the backburner for just a few people in academia to take up that mantle.”
“All those who had so much to say about hardship, suffering and bad governance under the President John Mahama administration have suddenly gone mute.”
“But they should remember if Ghana burns today, we will all be caught in the inferno.”