Former Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Baba Jamal, has urged members of the NDC Minority group in parliament and natives of the three northern regions to temper justice with mercy and forgive the erring Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, William Agyepong Quaitoo.
According to him, those aggrieved by the unsavory comments of Mr. Quaitoo who profess to the Islamic faith should consider the holy words recorded in the Quran which urge offenders to accept apologies made by erring persons after a sincere apology has been offered.
“What I will like to say is that the Deputy Minister should apologize sincerely and will also plead with my brothers and sisters who are mostly of the Islam faith to heed the words in the Holy Quran where the Holy Prophet Mohammed said that it’s right to get angry if offended because you are human, but if an apology is also made to you by an erring one, you should not hesitate to accept such an apology because you are human,”
The NDC Minority in Parliament has embarked on a move to get the Deputy Agriculture Minister, William Quaitoo, out of the Akufo-Addo-led government, following disparaging comments he made against people of northern extract, suggesting farmers in that part of the country could not be trusted on claims about the destruction wreaked by the fall armyworm on their farms.
Although the Deputy Agric Minister has come out with an apology, the Minority caucus wants him out of government, describing his statement as ethnocentric and bigotry.
“We are demanding that he should, immediately, on his own volition, resign as a minister and quit from Parliament, failing which the President must sack him to show his revulsion against such ethnocentric tribal bigotry.
“The people of the three northern regions have been grossly insulted… he has painted us a bunch of unreasonable people who cannot even understand and appreciate normal discourse and then he goes on the basis of that to say that we are untrustworthy people for perpetrating fraudulent activities, making false claims and stealing monies from state coffers.”
However, the former deputy general secretary of the NDC, in an interview with this paper, agreed to the fact that Mr. Agyepong Quaitoo has erred but begged for mercy and forgiveness for him and called on the Deputy Minister to offer an unconditional apology once more to the good people of the Northern Region and Ghanaians as a whole.