General News of 2014-07-20

US Embassy apology not enough – Okudzeto Ablakwa

Deputy Minister of Education in charge of tertiary, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has reiterated that the US Embassy and the US Government will have to do more in the current tweeter comment saga.

He described the comment as unacceptable, adding that the explanation given by the Embassy does not help matters.

He bewailed it is rather unfortunate some papers have carried this development as “NDC versus the US Embassy."

He argued “this is about Ghana, our Sovereign Republic, which is at stake and not a political party, ...Our laws are very clear. Foreigners cannot engage in politics or meddle with our affairs."

This came as a backdrop to an unqualified apology rendered by the United States Embassy to the Office of the President, following the use of its official tweeter handle to respond to an earlier tweet posted by President John Dramani Mahama.

President John Mahama in his regular conversation with Ghanaians posted a tweet on his official tweeter handle assuring Ghanaians that the current economic difficulties will soon be over.

The tweet reads "As a people, we have had to make sacrifices. I wish to assure you that the results of these sacrifices would begin to show very soon."

The US Embassy re-tweeted, “And what sacrifices are you making? Don't tell me that pay cut."

Speaking on Radio Gold's Alhaji and Alhaji on Saturday, Okudzeto Ablakwa said this development is highly preposterous and should not be condoned.

What is even more worrying according to the Deputy Education Minister is the attempt by the US Embassy to "clean it up," adding “The subsequent tweets are very frightening."

He believed it was this kind of 'meddling' that led to the overthrow of a democratically elected President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on 24 February 1966.

Source: myradiogoldlive.com
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