Former President John Dramani Mahama has caused a huge stir with his latest post on social media which seems like a thinly-veiled jab at President Nana Akufo-Addo.
In 2015, while addressing some Ghanaians in Botswana on the many strikes his government was facing at the time, Mahama made the infamous 'dead goat' statement which later became his unofficial nickname.
“I have seen more demonstrations and strikes in my first two years. I don’t think it can get worse. It is said that when you kill a goat and you frighten it with a knife, it doesn’t fear the knife because it is dead already. “I have a dead goat syndrome,” he said at the time.
Just a few days ago, President Akufo-Addo, while a conference of internal auditors stated that he was resolute in the fight against corruption and determined to uphold the highest form of integrity that comes with his office and no amount of name calling will deter him.
Employing a similar idiomatic expression like that of Mahama, Akufo-Addo: “I am aware that you give a dog a bad name in order to hang it, but this dog will not be hanged.”
Akufo-Addo's speech has led to some social media mocking him just like they did with Mahama's dead goat speech.
In a subtle response to the development, Mahama has taken to Twitter to offer advice on the use of idioms in speeches as a president in Ghana.
“Lessons in Ghanaian politics- don’t use idioms in relation to yourself. They’ll stick,” he tweeted.
While this could have ordinarily passed as free advice from the former president to his successor, it is rather causing a stir because of the photo attached to the advice.
Former President Mahama decided to make a collage photo of a goat and a dog to get his point across bringing up suggestions that he was calling Akufo-Addo a dog.
Though Mahama did not explicitly mention any names, some social media users have taken it as a jab at Akufo-Addo and responded in like manner.
@NobleQuansah observed that the goat in the tweet was living instead of being dead. He thus described Mahama as 'incompetent', another one of the many tags Mahama got prior to the 2016 elections:
@TynaNarteh agreed with Noble saying Mahama will never:
@mon_amin laughed off Mahama's tweet because he thought a dog is capable of overpowering a dead goat any day:
But it was not all criticism as many others saw the humour in Mahama's tweet.
@Takoradi67 loved the former president's sense of humour:
@MaamGyamfuaa2 could not stop laughing:
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