Some chiefs and concerned citizens of Akyem Abuakwa, Kotoku, Bosome and Okyeman youth for development on Wednesday hit the streets of Asamankese in the Eastern Region with a demonstration in protest against comments deemed unfortunate [Akyem Sakawa Boys] by the former President John Mahama.
It will be recall that John Mahama, the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress recently shared a comment by the MP for Bolgatanga Central Isaac Adongo in which he sought to say that an “Akyem Sakawa Mafia” in government initiated the much talked about Agyapa Royalties deal to rob the state.
The demonstration which started at exactly 9:30 in the morning, lasted for about 4 hours and saw in attendance over 7,000 people, that included chiefs from the 3 paramountcy of the Akyem state, and concerned youth groups among them.
Led by Osabarima Okogyeman Apedja Ofori VV, who is the chief of Akyem Apapam and leader of the AMANTUAMIESA amid chanting of war songs, the demonstrators clad in red and black displayed placards with various inscriptions, some of which read No Ethnocentric Please, Stop The Insult Mahama And NDC, Divisive NDC, Name Calling? Akyems Can Do Worse, We Akyems Will No Longer Stand For This JM You Have Lost Our Respect, Let’s Reject Mahama And NDC Bigotry, Wake Up Ghana Reject JM, Scandalous And Reprehensible Talk, Stop Abusing The Akyems, JM And NDC Stop The Tribalism, No No No To Bigotry, among many others.
Speaking with NET2TV, some of the demonstrators expressed disappointment about the purportedly ethnocentric comments made by the flag bearer of the NDC JM and called on him to apologize or face the consequences.
Addressing the media after the demonstration, Osabarima Okogyeman Apedja Ofori V, reiterated the fact that the John Mahama’s ethnocentric comments of him and his people and subsequent defense has given a negative image of the people of Akyem state and needed to be condemned.
He quickly added that the NDC party has planned to paint the Akyems black and insult Akyems and they are not going to tolerate this act any more.