President Akufo-Addo urged Ghanaians not to give in to those who criticize the government for the country’s fight against COVID-19.
According to him, most critics are political actors who try to remain relevant.
He said most of these political actors are doing everything possible to belittle the efforts of Akufo-Addo led government in the fight against COVID-19.
“I know that some political actors want you to believe that our current figures are government failures. Don’t begrudge them. They must make these comments for their political survival. Instead, we need to be strengthened in the knowledge that four thousand, seven hundred (4,700) people previously infected with the virus have been identified, removed from the population, isolated and treated,” the President said.
President Akufo-Addo made that statement in his ninth speech to the nation on Sunday, May 10, 2020, informing Ghanaians about the steps taken to defeat COVID-19 in the country.
“Fellow Ghanaians, this virus, as we have seen it all over the world, is no respected of people and has caused its damage in every country in the world. We can defeat it if we continue to look after each other and keep protecting each other. We are fighting a common enemy and it is very important that we do not let religious, ethnic or political differences prevent certain victory,” he added.
He also advised Ghanaians not to encourage degrading comments in the fight against COVID-19, saying, “We cannot allow some people who want to take advantage of this difference to prevent our collective struggle from succeeding.”
“Throughout our history as a nation, we have overcome various trials and difficulties: slavery, imperialism, colonialism, tyranny and dictatorship, and we have overcome them so that today we can build a free and independent country with the help of the Almighty, despite the urgency of the crisis, is governed by democratic institutions, and respect for fundamental human rights, especially freedom of speech”
“As it should be because, in our generation, we are determined to make the dream of freedom come alive which inspired the founders of our country. I am sure we will overcome this pandemic,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo took the opportunity to inform Ghanaian citizens that COVID-19 cases in Ghana have risen to 4,700 with 494 recovery and 22 deaths.