Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has chastised former President John Dramani Mahama for propagating lairs in order to win back power which according to the minister is very “unfortunate” for a statesman to stoop so low in order to win elections
In an interview with NEAT FM’s morning show ‘Ghana Montie’, the minister revealed that the former President’s desire to win back power is forcing him to say things with the hopes that Ghanaians with will be misled.
His remark is in response to some statement made by John Mahama that the excellent record achieved by his administration on press freedom in African and the world, has been brought very low by the current administration.
John Mahama recount on the feat achieved under his administration in the promotion of press freedom, which the former President indicated that “according to Reporters Without Borders, at some point, Ghana was the nation with the best levels of press freedom in Africa. At the time, we were ranked first out of fifty-four countries in Africa. We placed 23rd on the worldwide ranking among one hundred and eighty nations.”
“Three and half of years later, we’ve dropped seven places on the world ranking and lost our position in Africa to Namibia and Cape Verde. We have therefore lost this priceless popularity that made everybody very proud,”
“This ought to worry us, not only journalists and media owners but all and sundry, as citizens and as Ghanaians. As I said, whilst the liberty of the press is curtailed, democracy suffers. And all of the different human rights that anchor our dignity as human beings are eroded.
“Without freedom, our dignity is trampled. This is why we need a free press as a lot as we want sparkling air to breathe. So, allow us to all defend the freedom of the press.”
But the Information Minister labelled the former President as a “lair” while rubbishing all his claims.
According to Oppong Nkrumah, “Mahama should inform us which year Ghana came first. What he is pronouncing is a massive lie. A former President doesn’t communicate this way. Considering the battle we are engaged in, we need not pollute the gadget with too much politics; that isn’t the manner to move. If it happens that way our priorities as a nation will be turned away from the fight against COVID-19 and our mandate to educate the public on the virus, instead we are forced to correct the falsehood NDC propagate.”
He continued that “at some point in Mahama-led administration, Ghana witnessed a drop in ranking at the African Press Freedom Index. My good friend Evade turned was accused of being a contributive factor. So why is he not trumpeting that?”
“Just name one journalist maltreated or assaulted by this government? It is true that Ahmed Suale met his untimely death during the Nana Addo-led administration and we’d all have wanted that by now, the perpetrators were facing the full wrath of the law. But it’s far unfair to accuse authorities of masterminding his demise all because securities agencies have not been able to get to the bottom of the matter,”
“…If that be the case, will it fair if we additionally accuse the then NDC administration of masterminding the death of Goerge Kofi Abanga, Peace FM’s correspondent in Goaso some years ago? We should not act in such manner that because of your motive to be president again at all cost, we seek to dilute the truth or spread falsehood.”