Youth of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has condemned the member of parliament for Adansi-Asokwa, Kobina Tahir Hammond over his comments on the youths who booed President Akufo-Addo at the the Independence Square during the Global Citizen Festival in Accra.
Speaking on JoyNews, the lawmaker said the booing from the audience was a sign of disrespect to the number one gentleman of land. “
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. It’s not possible for the governance of the country to be left to only you, the youth. You won’t be able to do it in the first place, and you won’t even understand. You’ve kept your beards messy in town, but there’s nothing in your head,” he said.
In statement issued today, 28th September, the NDC youth stated that “such commentary from a known loose talker will not elicit a response but seeing how he deliberately sought to denigrate young people of this country, he must be called out”.
“The youth of this country have shown sheer grit and courage in weathering the many hardships visited on them by the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia-led administration, part of the statement read.
According to the youth, “it is thus disingenuous for any old timer to question their democratic right to show their disapproval for the worst President we have seen in the Fourth Republic”.
It noted that this “is not the first time KT Hammond nor NPP has sought to question our hardworking youth. Akufo-Addo, after numerous calls for him to reshuffle his ministers, boldly declared that the calls were from unemployed youth. As shameful as that sounded, the President had his praise singers defending him. What we see from that instance, is a deliberate attempt by the NPP to downplay and undermine efforts of young people to demand accountable governance”.
Also, the youth demanded an apology from the Adansi-Asokwa MP saying “KT Hammond and his ilk must know that if the current situation in the country does not get any better, any agitation and civil unrest will begin with the political class. He must retract his comment, apologize to the youth and focus on helping his government FIX the country”.
Part of the statement also called on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to call KT Hammond to order or become guilty of a tacit approval of his comment.