By: Lansah Muniru, Tamale
- A pressure group in the Northern Region has called on Minister for Foods and Agriculture Owusu Afriyie-Akoto to resign for allegedly insulting Northerners
- The group made their demand during a peace march in Tamale
- The minister has denied the charge
The Alliance for Northern Pride on Saturday, 9th November 2019, embarked on a peace march in the Northern regional capital, Tamale, to register their displeasure against some comments made by the minister for food and agriculture, Owusu Afriyie-Akoto.
The minister had stated in an interview in October that many people in the northern sector had been recruited into the Planting for Food and Jobs programme and, as a result, many Northerners were able to roof their houses with modern roofing sheets, build with cement blocks and buy motorbikes for use.
This remark did not sit well with the Alliance for Northern Pride, which described the comments as bigotted, ethnocentric and disrespectful to Northerners. The group, therefore, asked Afriyie-Akoto to retract, apologise and resign his position.
The peace match was attended youth groups, civil society organisations, and some political parties in the northern region.
The participants, who marched through some principal streets of Tamale, wielded placards with inscriptions that included, "Agric minister must go", "Enough is enough".
The group said they would continue to organise more demonstrations until the minister resigns his post.
Earlier, Afriyie-Akoto rejected the assertion that his remarks were disrespectful, adding that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) had seized on his words to incite Northerners against him.
The leadership of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Northern Region also threw its support behind the minister and called on him not to apologise.
The NPP also indicated their readiness to embark on a solidarity walk in support of the Agric Minister.
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