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    Which leader jokes when his subjects are in distraught? shame on you! – MP to Akufo-Addo’s defenders

    Member of Parliament representing Builsa South, Dr Clement Apaak, has strongly criticized those who have defended President Akufo-Addo’s remarks during his visit to the victims of the dam spillage.

    The lawmaker found it difficult to comprehend why certain individuals would support the president’s controversial comments.

    On October 16, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo visited the Volta Region to assess the consequences of the Akosombo dam spillage and the condition of the affected individuals.

    His expressions of sympathy for the victims, irrespective of their political affiliations, sparked a heated debate.

    “When these things happen and the government acts, politics does not come into the matter at all. When I took the Oath of Office as president, I took the oath as president for every single individual in Ghana, all people in Ghana, all districts and whether they voted for me or not.

    “Once I have taken the oath, I am the president of all the people, so Togbe, I want the people here, beginning with you and the elders, to understand that when something like this happens and the government acts, the government is acting for Ghanaians, all Ghanaians.

    “I came here because Ghanaians are having difficulties and are suffering, and it is my responsibility to try and help. Because if it is a question of counting who votes for me and who doesn’t vote for me, then I shouldn’t be here because you don’t vote for me.

    But that is not my concern. And, in any event, one day you will vote for me and my party,” he said to some of the victims at Mepe in the region.

    While the president faced strong criticism, some individuals chose to downplay his comments as mere jokes.

    However, Dr. Clement Apaak expressed bewilderment at those who supported the president, asserting that the remarks were in poor taste.

    He pointed out that the president’s comments were not delivered in the context of a comedy show.

    In a tweet, the MP said, “A joke! Those seeking to excuse the grossly insensitive comments by NADAA when he finally visited victims of the floods must bow their heads in shame. He was joking? Was he attending a comedy show or a festival? A leader jokes when thousands of citizens are distraught.”


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