-Minority Tells Nana Addo
The whitewashed apology rendered by the Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, Mr. William Agyapong Quaitoo, for his “ethnocentric, unjustifiable and unacceptable” comments will not solve matters.
The Minority in parliament has called on him to honourably resign his post since his continued staying in office as a Deputy Agric Minister would lead him to meet Northerners, “the difficult and lying people, per his cosmetic understanding.”
In a statement issued and signed by the Minority Leader, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, the minority said Mr. Quaitoo made “scurrilous and disparaging remarks about the people of the three northern regions to the effect that they are unreasonable and, by virtue of their unreasonableness, are not amenable to engagement in decent and reasonable discourse.”
This, the Minority said they find it “unjustifiable and unacceptable that the Deputy Minister would label the entire people of the three northern regions who he claimed he has lived with for 27 years, as unreasonable people, accomplished and persistent liars, people with a high propensity for perpetrating fraud, people who all the time use these fraudulent acts to steal money from the state.”
The Minority Leader said Mr. Quaitoo “has no right to flaunt his arrogance and ignorance in their faces and call the entire people of the North unreasonable people, accomplished liars, lazy people, and thieves who persistently steal from the coffers of the state via these false pretences.”
The Minority added that Mr. Quaitoo is “rather the ingrate who after living off the generosity of the people of the North for 27 years is subjecting them to such profound level of insults, ridicule and indignity. For this ingratitude and profuse lies, God will deal justly with him in his own time.”
In an interview with Starr FM, an Accra-based FM station, last Thursday, the Deputy Minister made scurrilous and disparaging remarks about the people of the three northern regions to the effect that they are unreasonable and, by the virtue of their unreasonableness, not amenable to engagement in decent and reasonable discourse.
Without compulsion, the Deputy Minister claimed he was speaking from evidence of his 27 years sojourn in the North and went further to indict the people of the three northern regions as having a penchant for concocting and peddling falsehood, deliberate deceit and engaging in fraudulent activities to rip off the nation or steal state resources.
He told the radio station that he stayed in the North for 27 years and that he knows for a fact the unhealthy character of the people of the North and their difficulty in comprehending ordinary decent discourse and that there was no shred of evidence to support the claim of the farmers from the North that their farms were devastated by the fall armyworms’ menace.
But the National Democratic Congress (NDC) minority said, they were shocked, outraged and dismayed by the statement in the media by William Quaitoo denigrating and heaping profuse insults on the people of the three northern regions of the country
They added that, the Deputy Minister also disparaged the hardworking farmers in Northern Ghana by describing them as not serious farmers deserving of any compensation from government either because their farms were too small or those affected by the fall armyworms were negligible or non-existent.
“We in the Minority first and foremost wish to state unequivocally that a significant number of our hardworking farmers have fallen victim to the devastating menace of the fall armyworms. Indeed the livelihoods of many families have been compromised by these armyworm invasions across the three northern regions through the destruction of tens of thousands of hectares of maize farms,” the statement said.
The Minority insisted that the Deputy Minister, speaking for government, may, without any sensitivity to the plight of our farmers, seek to deny them just unfair compensation, and he has no right to flaunt his arrogance and ignorance in their faces and call the entire people of the North unreasonable people, accomplished liars, lazy people, and thieves who persistently steal from the coffers of the state via these false pretences.
“We see in this unjustifiable, bellicose and unprovoked attack on the people of the three northern regions, a deliberate and futile attempt by the Deputy Minster, to cover up the shameful and glaring act of incompetence and insensitivity of his ministry and ministers and the NPP government in the fall armyworm debacle,” it added.
The Minority also described the apology by Mr. Quaitoo as, “grossly inadequate, insincere, hypocritical, an afterthought and therefore not deep enough to assuage the profound pain and huge damage done to the good image, integrity and respect of the people of the three northern regions.”
They called on all decent-minded Ghanaians who cherish the unity, peace, order, stability and progress of our nation, to join in the demand for the immediate resignation of Hon. Quaitoo as Deputy Minister of State and Member of Parliament.
The Minority said, the comment is so damaging that the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, ought to have fired him immediately, as a mark of his revulsion against this unprovoked and reckless ethnocentric bigotry against the entire people of the three northern regions.
They further served notice that the matter is being taken seriously and would demand and take all legitimate, legal and appropriate measures to bring the originator of “this offensive, mischievous and divisive statement to order in the supreme national interest.”
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba