- Professor Ransford Gyampo has rejected claims the country is slipping back to the era of culture of silence
- According to him, the assertion cannot be true because no one has been gagged
- Meanwhile, Sir Sam Jonah thinks otherwise
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Professor Ransford Gyampo has described as non-existent claims that the country has returned to the “culture of silence”.
Business tycoon, Sir Sam Jonah, recently expressed grave concerns that the country is slowly returning to an era where citizens could not be critical of the powerful under the Akufo-Addo administration.
“It appears to me that the culture of silence has returned. This time not to be enforced by legal and military power but through convenience, parochialism, hypocrisy, and lack of conviction,” Sir Jonah stated.
Gyampo who is an associate professor at the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, however, disagreed.
In a Facebook post sighted by YEN.com.gh, he dismissed the claims by Sir Jonah, saying: “On the issue of culture of silence, we must present a holistic and accurate picture.”
“The few daring Ghanaians who speak their minds haven’t been gagged. They receive threatening texts and insults by some cowards and faceless people. But they are still talking, with some, even insulting freely and irresponsibly,” he added.
Gyampo’s rebuttal to Sir Jonah generated massive reactions.
Richard Partey wrote: “Thank you Prof. I side with you. We turn out not to be bold enough to face the reality in this country. The youth turn out to attack leaders without evidence. Politicians know this so they will always maneuver their way into our mind and when they get power, will massage us and go. NPP can still do better than this.”
Godfred Kofi Badzi said: “Sir culture of silence comes in different shapes and forms. when technocrats are afraid to give their objective opinion because the propaganda machinery of the government will come after them ,sir what name can be giving to that act?”
Martin Yaw observed: “The culture of silence has already silenced you prof. This article from you is a classical example of this regime. Even the few people who want talk about the ills of this government do so with some level of fear@, they rather will circumlocute around the topic and end up saying nothing. But we understand you prof. The ground is very slippery.”
Alhassan Abass said: “The lackadaisical attitude of NPP government towards fast tracking their appointments is that they're are holding and still shock at the real results of the 2020 elections.. make nobody lie you, they're still wondering and staring at Mahama's votes ”
Cook Prince Huseini added: “Prof culture of silence is culture of silence whether in education or health, there's culture of silence. You Just admitted it! Come on, your post demonstrates Even in you, there's culture of silence!”
In other news, President Akufo-Addo charged the Black Stars to bring the 2022 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy home to end the nearly 40-year drought.
He also wants the team to make the semifinals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Qatar.
“The target is to bring the cup home by winning the AFCON in 2022. We have to go a step further than the second places recorded in 1992, 2010, and 2015 and bring the forty (40) years drought to an end,” he stated during a breakfast meeting with CEOs of corporate Ghana on Monday, April 26, 2021.
According to information gathered by YEN.com.gh, Kofi Mills is set to be appointed as the next Hearts of oak managing director.
The Phobians have been without a managing director for many months after Frederick Moore left the club for medical reasons.
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