There's no better shade than a subtle shade, and President John Dramani Mahama just proved how good he was at throwing shade when he took a jab at the vice-presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
President Mahama innocuously asked Ghanaians, Muslims in particular, to always tell the truth as required of them by Allah.
“Allah requires of us to speak the truth and not to deceive people for our selfish reason,” he said. He further charged the gathering that “Allah would want us to continue working hard and trust him to take us to our expected destination that he has planned for us”.
The President made this remark while speaking at the Independence Square in Accra at celebrations to mark this year's Eid-Ul-Adha on Monday, 12 September. The Commander-in-Chief of Ghana also advised the gathered to fear people who take advantage of other’s ignorance to misinform them for their malicious intents.
On any other day, the President's remarks would have seemed like any other well-rehearsed speech, but coming on the back of a controversial public lecture by Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the speech has been interpreted by many as a direct jab at NPP’s flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo running mate.
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Dr Bawumia, on Thursday 8 September, delivered a lecture on what he termed "the true state of Ghana's economy".
The lecture has, however, not gone down well with members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and other bodies like IMANI. National Organiser of the NDC, Kofi Adams accused Dr Bawumia of developing a penchant for lies. Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur indicted Dr Bawumia for misrepresenting the facts to the public and promised to school him on economics.
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Dr Bawumia is a Muslim thus the conclusion by many that President Mahama's comments were a direct jab at him. Mahama, on the other hand, is well-known for his no-holds attitude towards throwing "shade" at the opposition NPP. He had earlier called on Nana Addo in a subtle way to stop begging Ghanaians to vote for him.
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