A LETTER TO MANASSEH AZURE AWUNI
Dear Komfoadu (Manasseh),
You have blindfolded yourself with your newfound viperous and despiteful hatred for President Akufo-Addo so much so that you have tended to twist his statement to suit your own agenda.
You’ve allowed your needless vendetta to plunge your journalistic ethics into a form of decadence that was not familiar with you.
First of all, President Akufo-Addo did not ask the Catholic Bishops or CSOs for that matter, to change course. He did not ask for a preferential treatment from these groups.
The President asked them to stay the path of playing the role of ensuring that political actors do not jeopardize the peace we’ve been enjoying by their utterances especially during election years.
He was asking them not to digress from their core mandate of ensuring that there’s peaceful co-existence amongst Ghanaians during such times.
The President, in effect, urged them to be consistent with their role of modeling political actors and shaping up political discourse and not to relent in same as that could prove catastrophic for the country.
This, in no way, is suggestive of the fact that the CSOs and independent minded groups are to pander to the dictates of the President and his party.
The discourteously disdainful and gibelike manner with which you insulted the President is, for want of a better expression, uncalled for and couches you as someone who has lost his moral fortitude.
Who tells you you are independent minded now? Who lied to you that you are still that level-headed, objective journalist who used to awe the nation with his critical but substance-filled pieces and stories?
The President did not ask for your defense with respect to the ethnocentric post Mr. Mahama shared on his Facebook timeline. If you were as objective as you claim to be, you’d not have written that derisive, insolent and impious piece.
You may not like the President, in fact, you may hate him to the core, but you cannot disrespect the office he occupies.
Your animosity-induced piece about the President has its origins which we all know. Your militia in the heart of the city documentary which was described as being sub-standard and deemed to incorporate factually untrue accounts is at the heart of this unprofessional attitude towards the President in the discharge of your journalistic duties.
As for your views about the leadership style of the President, much as you are free to express your opinion on it, it is also not in dispute that your judgement has been clouded by your detestation of President Akufo-Addo.
You can be critical, it is your right, but be objective and civil in your choice of words. You may disagree with the President even if you know he is right, but don’t insult him.
Once again, you missed the mark with such an opinionated, highly subjective and factually inaccurate accounts all in your strenuous attempts to paint President Akufo-Addo black.
P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.