General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has chimed in on the issue of President Akufo-Addo's inauguration speech.
According to the NDC General Secretary, President Akufo-Addo's plagiarism of the inaugural speeches of two past US presidents is a major embarrassment. He said that the issue warrants acknowledgement from President Akufo-Addo to make the necessary amends due to it's enormity.
“It’s not petty; it’s a major issue that has brought disgrace to Ghana in the international community,” said Mr. Asiedu Nketia,
"The Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC are all running commentary on it and it shows it’s a major issue, it’s a blot on the country’s image. The needed corrections must be done.”
In 2015 Mr. Asiedu Nketia was part of a delegation that traveled to Germany on a state visit. Pictures taken of the trip showed General Secretary Asiedu in a fur coat, these pictures got Mr. Asiedu mercilessly trolled on social media. This to the extent that even the BBC wrote an article about it.
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“If my winter coat issue alone could have been said to have brought international disgrace to the entire country, how much more the case of the president plagiarising the comments of some former US presidents in his inaugural speech?” the NDC General Secretary went on to say.
General secretary Nketia further points out the plagiarism allegations once heaped on the new Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, who had to be cleared of any wrong doing by a parliamentary committee.
“They [NPP] even used the plagiarism card against Tamale South MP Haruna Iddrisu, who is now the Minority Leader, leading to his degree being stood down until a committee cleared him of any wrongdoing. It tells you the seriousness of plagiarism. So it’s a bit surprising that university lecturers are now defending the act.
“If they keep trying to cover-up the president’s faults as they are doing, it will get to a point where: ‘The Emperor will be naked, yet everyone would be telling him his cloak is nice.’”