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11 August 2012 | General News

Withdraw your 'unguarded' comments-Pressure group challenges Prez Mahama

The Statesman

A pressure group calling itself Generational Youth Movement has taken President John Dramani Mahama to the cleaners, describing his recent outburst concerning the debates on the final resting place for the late president Mills as very “disgusting, condemnable, divisive and insulting to the integrity of the people of Ghana.”

The GYM has, therefore called for the immediate withdrawal the “unguarded” comment by the president, with apology to the people of Ghana, urging President John Mahama to get serious in solving the numerous problems facing the country rather than “insulting the integrity of the people.”

In a press statement, the movement said President John Mahama should know his new status as the number one gentleman of the land, adding that he must measure his public utterances and show tolerance to the views of the people whose votes brought his party to power.

The president has come under a lot of verbal bashing over his comments on Joy fm, describing as “useless” the debate that ensued over the burial place for the late President Mills.

According to the spokesperson of the Generational Youth Movement, Kingsley Kofi Karikari-Bondzie, the group finds the pronouncement from President Mahama “very unfortunate and unacceptable.”

  The movement said they do not understand why the president could describe personalities like Bishop Palmer Buckle, prominent Chiefs, Ministers of state, Members of Parliament, Civil Society groups, senior members of the ruling government, Nana Ato Dadzie, Totobi Kwakye, Kwadwo Okyere Mpiani and families of the late president who constituted the funeral committee as “useless thinkers”.

“It is quite unfortunate for the president to say these important personalities engaged in a useless debate insinuating they are 'useless'. This hot words should not come from the president of our nation in this time when all and sundry are calling for us to use the demise of the late President to foster unity within our beloved country”, the statement said.

In the view of the GYM President Mahama has been exposed as somebody who “has a penchant for insulting a section of the Ghanaian public that show divergent views to what the president believes.”

They recounted how during a debate on the viability of the STX Housing deal, John Mahama, then Vice President, described Members of Parliament who expressed their views on the issue as “baloney,”

The statement in part further read: “…the other time when the A-G's office charged Kennedy Agyepong with treason, terrorism and genocide, former President Kufuor appealled for calm and asked the A-G's office not to kill a fly with a hammer, but Mr Mahama replied angrily: 'we will kill a fly with a Bulldozer'.”

The GYM again narrated how during the launch of the NDC government's Green Book volume 2, the then Vice President launched verbal attacks on Ghanaians again, saying that it was only those that were blind that did not see the good work of the NDC government.

The pressure group further accused President John Mahama of defying the goodwill that Ghanaians had bestowed on him and moved excavators and bulldozers to start digging numerous graves at the Flag Staff House at the expense of the taxpayer “he had seriously insulted.”