Professor Kofi Agyekum has appealed to former President John Dramani Mahama and the Chief Executive Officer of the Intercity State Transport Corporation (STC), Nana Akomea, to call a truce between them.
Nana Akomea, speaking on Peace FM's morning show "Kokrokoo" weeks ago, charged Mr. Mahama to demonstrate by example his claim to abolish ex-gratia if re-elected President of Ghana.
"So, you, President Mahama, today if you claim you don't believe in the ex-gratia, the ones that you have taken, we know that you have spent it already, so we can't say that go and bring it . . .but the challenge I am giving to him is that the ones he will be taking from this month May, he shouldn’t take it, he should stop taking the ex-gratia, the same way Togbe Afede stopped and returned his own, he should follow the same principle," he told host Nana Yaw Kesseh.
In reply, Mr. John Mahama explained that he receives a monthly pension and not ex-gratia as Nana Akomea claimed.
"My friend Nana Akomea. Really sad what politics can do to a fine mind! I don't take ex-gratia. I receive a monthly pension," John Mahama tweeted but Nana Akomea found this response insulting to him.
"I only asked him to show leadership by reviewing his own entitlements in the light of the burden these present to the taxpayer and his plan to scrap the Ex-Gratia", Nana Akomea responded, adding "even if President Mahama disagrees with me, I am sad that he chose to lace his disagreement with insults to my person, by implying politics had caused me to lose my “fine mind”.
Commenting on the issue, Professor Kofi Agyekum, Head of Linguistics at the University of Ghana, advised Nana Akomea not respond to Mr. Mahama and pleaded with them to cease fire.
"I will plead with Nana Akomea to forgive and regard it as nothing has happened. I also ask former President to heed the advice that you (Nana Akomea) have given him...We plead with them to cease fire", Opanyin Agyekum said on "Kokrokoo" on Tuesday, May 30, 2023.
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