Former president John Dramani Mahama is not behaving like a statesman with his recent comments, Executive Director of Danquah Institute, Dr Kingsley Nyarko has said.
Dr Nyarko has further accused the handlers of the former President of doing him a great disservice by allowing him to make certain comments that a statesman is not supposed to make.
Mr Mahama while addressing supporters of the NDC at the party’s Unity Walk in Wa over the weekend called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to get some “Obinim stickers” to cure his “super incompetence” so he can perform better because in his opinion, Nana Akufo-Addo and his government are incompetent.
Jokes about the Obinim sticker produced by Bishop Daniel Obinim, Head Pastor of the International God’s Way Church, emerged on social media earlier last week.
According to the jokes, the sticker is able to help in providing divine solutions to problems people are saddled with.
Reacting to Mr Mahama’s comments in a statement, Dr Nyarko advised the former president to: “Elevate the standard of politics in the country; you need to tell the citizenry, what you can do to improve the living standards of the people, and make their lives better should you get the unlikely opportunity you are seeking to lead the country instead of sounding condescending of the President and demeaning your image.”
Below is the statement:
President Mahama Should Lift the Standard of Politics in the Country-DI Boss
I thought former President Mahama’s comment about President Akufo-Addo needing obinim’s sticker was a joke, until I heard him speak on tv3 awhile ago. In fact, that comment doesn’t reflect a Statesman and I think his handlers are doing him a great disservice. If he continues with comments like this, he will be exposing himself to public ridicule all the time.
What Prez Mahama is doing clearly shows a drowning and desperate man seeking straw to survive in order to be relevant and increase his chances of leading his party in the 2020 presidential contest.
But, Mr. Mahama you need to elevate the standard of politics in the country; you need to tell the citizenry, what you can do to improve the living standards of the people, and make their lives better should you get the unlikely opportunity you are seeking to lead the country instead of sounding condescending of the President and demeaning your image.
I think President Mahama should be the last person to describe anybody, let alone the high performing, competent, visionary, high flying and highly competent President Akufo-Addo as incompetent.
Mr. Mahama should tell us, apart from sinking the economy, performing poorly on all the macroeconomic indicators, making life for the citizenry unbearable, promoting unprecedented corruption in the country among others, what competent policy he rolled out to soothe our economic pains and challenges? Nothing! Yet, he speaks as if he did anything unique for the country. His handlers are making him look bad and behaving not like a Statesman!
God bless Ghana!!
Dr. Kingsley Nyarko
(Executive Director, Danquah Institute)