Member of Parliament (MP) for Adansi Asokwa, Kobina Tahir Hammond, also known as KT Hammond descended on the Ghanaian youth who hooted at President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at last year’s Global Citizen Festival 2022.
According to the MP, he could not understand why the Ghanaian youth would disrespect the president on such a global platform.
The MP said “We will continue to admonish you, the young men and women, to be patient. When there’s an issue to be addressed, society always consults the elderly. Not you the young ones, whose heads are like coconuts. At least you should have waited for him to even mount a political platform before hooting, and not such an event. Let’s not disrespect the elderly because of politics.”
While the comments received heavy backlash, the Upper East Regional Communications Director of the NPP, Pater Ayinbisa has explained that there were some merits to the statement by the MP for Adansi Asokwa and now, the Minister Designate for the Ministry for Trade and Industry.
Speaking on the Day Break Upper East Show about the MP’s appointment to the Ministry, Mr. Aynibisa explained that KT Hammond was a charismatic leader and had the ability to fully run the ministry.
“Hammond has been there for a very long time. [He is] a very experienced politician. We are told that he’s been there since the third Parliament. From there up till now, he is still there. He once became a Deputy Minister for Energy. We know Hammond and his charisma. He is a very charismatic leader. If he were not a charismatic leader, I think his constituents would have thrown him off.”
“If he says, Ghanaian youth has something something … sometimes we refuse to face the facts. I don’t think that specifically, he said that all Ghanaian youth have coconut heads,” he said.
When asked if he thought some Ghanaian youth could be described in the manner as stated by the MP for Adansi Asokwa, he asked, “you don’t know so? Some of us are too useless.”
Mr. Ayinbisa used the NDC’s Suame Youth Organiser as an example to emphasise his point.
“If you say we must kill people to annex power … people like that, if you describe them as people with coconut heads, I do not think it is bad,” he said.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana