Deputy Minister in charge of Information, Pius Enam Hadzide has called on the former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama to stop lying to the people of Ghana as it worries him (Hadzide).
Former President, John Dramani Mahama in his address to the Press in Ghana to mark World Press Day said “according to Reporters Without Borders, during my Presidency, Ghana became the country with the highest levels of press freedom in Africa. At the time, we were ranked number one out of 54 countries in Africa. We placed 23rd on the global ranking among 180 countries.
“Three and half years later, we have slumped seven places on the global ranking and lost the number one spot in Africa to Namibia and Cape Verde. We have unfortunately lost this priceless status that made all of us very proud. This should worry us- not only journalists and media owners but all of us, as citizens and as Ghanaians. As I said, when the freedom of the press is curtailed, democracy suffers. And all the other human rights that anchor our dignity as human beings are eroded. Without freedom, our dignity is trampled. This is why we need a free press as much as we need fresh air to breathe.”
But reacting to the former President’s claims, the Deputy Information Minister Pius Enam Hadzide said the former President is a revered individual and therefore his consistency in telling lies will affect his credibility and make him a laughing stock in a country where former Presidents are accorded the needed respect.
The Deputy Minister was speaking on Accra-based Okay FM.
He noted that John Dramani Mahama in his speech said Ghana topped the rankings by Reporters Without Borders in Africa during his tenure but Pius was quick to say that the claims by the leader of the NDC were lies.
He said the only time Ghana came tops was in 2018 which was under the leadership of the New Patriotic Party and that is an indication that the NPP government upholds the tenets of Democracy and allows for Press Freedom.
Pius recalled some lies former President John Dramni Mahama peddled during his latest digital conversation with the youth of the country in relations to countr.
“John Mahama in one of his interactions with the people said Ghana’s economy is not well situated and that after three weeks of COVID-19 the country has run to IMF and World Bank for a bailout. Togo, Rwanda and Cote d’ Ivoire did not go for a bailout. John Mahama lied, check the records and you’ll know that all the countries he mentioned were given a facility to fight COVID-19. So I get sad when I listen to the former President because I cannot tell where he gets his information because the source is deceiving him and it’s becoming worrying.”
He called on the President to check his facts and recheck because as a revered Politician, it is sad that he is displaying his ignorance to the world through lies he peddles.
Source: MyNewsGh.com/Ayeh Offei-Akoto/2020