Journalists, chiefs and clergy are Hypocrites – Mahama

Mahama NPP
Former President John Dramani Mahama

Ex-president John Dramani Mahama has hit out at the clergy, civil society groups, traditional leaders and journalists for keeping mute about the corruption activities happening in the NPP’s administration.

According to Mahama, he never thought Ghanaians will tolerate the level of nepotism in the government.

Mahama recalled that he was always criticised by the clergy and the media during his regime asking why they have all gone silent about the Akufo-Addo’s government.

Mahama pointed out that he was accused of running a family and friends government saying the only family member he appointed was his aunt’s daughter Joyce Bawa Mogtari.

“I never ever thought that Ghanaians will tolerate the level of nepotism in the government we see today, it’s terrible, I never ever thought. In our case one of our own said I was running a family and friends government and NPP took it up, when I had no blood relation of mine in government except for some lonely deputy minister, Joyce Bawa Mogtari, my aunt’s daughter. She was the only blood relation in my government and yet they said family and friends and when you ask where are they, they say ooo, but your own person said it.

“Now today look at it, that’s the new standard and yet civil society is quiet, religious and traditional leaders are quiet. When NDC comes the next time and Alabi or Bagbin or who is the President and they appoint their relatives into government are they now coming to come out and say it? Must the standards of measuring standards differ because of who is in the presidency? That is the hypocrisy of our politics, that’s the height of hypocrisy we have in Ghana,” Mahama told the NDC gathering in the United Kingdom where the party is on a rebuilding tour.

“Something is pardonable when one government is in power but when another is in power it’s unpardonable, things that the media would have been so loud about under my administration, it happens every day and it’s like it’s business as usual. That is the hypocrisy of our civil society and religious and traditional leaders, everybody is quiet, suddenly some say they don’t watch TV anymore and that they watch animals,’ Mr Mahama said this when he addressed some NDC supporters in the UK.

Commenting on a statement by the founder of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) Dr. Mensa Otabil that he prefers watching animal kingdom than to follow media discourse, the ex-President said, ‘In our time they were not watching animals, they were watching political discussions. You’re now tired of too much politics…you’ll be tired, because your darling government is super incompetent and so you’re tired of hearing the analysis, that’s the hypocrisy we face in our country. So let us not buy into their propaganda’.


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