The Founding President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IMANI Center for Policy and Education, Ghana Mr. Franklin Cudjoe says, John Dramani Mahama’s “Do or Die” comment equals Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s “All Die Be Die” comment.
According to IMANI boss, former President John Dramani Mahama “Do or Die” comment is in the same league as President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s “All die be die”.
He believes that, John Dramani Mahama’s statement as former Head of State on a national radio station is not cool at all for the Ghana’s peace and democratic dispensation in line with past experiences.
Franklin Cudjoe’s post against John Dramani Mahama statement has rather backfired generating series of social media attack on his person.
Some people suggested that, he should have used his office as CSO to probe critical issues in Ghana’s body politics especially the lives of nine (9) Ghanaians who were killed during the 2020 general elections, the controversial Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe (SALL) issues including high rate of systemic and chronic corruption under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government.
Though, he has been chastised and criticized for condemning John Dramani Mahama’s comment, a section of the public agreed with him including an investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni and a political science lecturer at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Dr. Isaac Brakoh, who asked former President John Dramani Mahama to retract his do-or-die statement to help protect the peace in the country and as well strengthen Ghana’s democracy.
Prior to the 2012 general elections, then New Patriotic Party Presidential Candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in his quest to win political power from the then rulling National Democratic Congress, said, “You must understand that this party (NPP) was formed by courageous people. Our leaders who formed this party that has now become the biggest political movement in Ghana were not cowards. So in 2012 we need to be courageous because all ‘die be die’.”
Nana Addo’s 2012 “All Die Be Die” comment dis not go well with him as Ghanaians nearly “slaughter” him alive. No one would have thought of making a political statement with the word “Die” due to the attack leveled on Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for “All Die Be Die” comment.
But, the Former President of the Republic of Ghana John Dramani Mahama, courageous as he is, ignored all circumstances and blewed what he described as harmlessness statement “Do or Die”.
The Former President unequivocally said, the next elections in 2024 will be a “do-or-die” affair at the polling stations, because, the Party and its membership including Ghanaians who believe in change and Democratic style of governance shall be more vigilant at the polling stations.
He said this while addressing the constituents of Techiman on Akina radio on Tuesday, 7th September, 2021.
These two comments, according to Mr. Franklin Cudjoe are similar and have same merit and demerit.
Defending the statement, Mr. Franklin Cudjoe said, he wishes all those defending John Dramani Mahama’s “do or die” comment will pause to understand that for a man who is not naturally violent, he can only be urged not to become one. Good day.
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