29 August 2017

Forgive Deputy Agric Minister for tribal comments – Peace Council

Ghanaians must forgive the Deputy Agric Minister for the “unguarded” tribal comments he made.
This is a plea from the Chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante.
Quitoo made some tribalistic comments about the people from the Northern part of Ghana when asked about the army worm invasion in the area and if there was going to be compensation.

He described them as difficult people who cannot be trusted.
However, Prof Asante said Ghanaians must let it go since he has apologised.

“We should also know that when somebody says something and the person comes round to say…’on second thought I think I didn’t do the right thing…I did not exercise circumspection in what I said so I apologise profusely for whatever words that I used or the way I expressed my ideas’, I think it is important for us as human beings to forgive. After all, we are all human.”

“We all wrong others. But if we hold onto it and claim that no; because this person said it, he has not been circumspective enough; he’s insulted me and I am not going to forgive that person, I am going to really give it back to that person, two wrongs don’t make one right. And I think it is important for us to also understand that the decent thing any respectable leader will do is that after the person had done something that is wrong and it is pointed out to him, he comes back to realize that I didn’t do the right. And then if the person comes to apologise for the wrong thing he did, let’s forget and move forward.”

Many Ghanaians on social media have called for the Deputy Minister to resign.
The Minority in Parliament has called for the dismissal of Quitoo. They described his comments as unjustified and unacceptable.

In a statement they issued, the minority said that “we find it totally unjustifiable and unacceptable that the Deputy Minister would label the entire people of the three Northern Regions who he says 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.”
“Should he fail to quit this office voluntarily and now, we call on the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, to fire him immediately as a mark of his revulsion against this unprovoked and reckless ethnocentric bigotry against the entire people of the three Northern Regions”.


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