- A Presidential Staffer Clara Napaga Tia Sulemana has waded into the controversy over the tribal comments made by her colleague
- A deputy Agric Minister in an interview described farmers from the North as liars and difficult people
A presidential staffer, Clara Napaga Tia Sulemana, has warned that certain tribal comments made by the deputy Agric Minister may come back to hunt the New Patriotic Party (NPP), insisting an apology is not enough.
The deputy minister for Agriculture, William Quaitoo, appeared to denigrate the people of Northern Ghana with his utterances during a recent interview.
Giving his take on the invasion of Fall Army Worms (FAW) on farms and the agitation of farmers in the Northern Region demanding for compensation from government, the minister described Northerners as "difficult people", while also stating that the farmers only wanted "to take money from the Government".
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And despite later rendering an unqualified apology, the deputy minister's statements have drawn widespread criticism from a section of the public, with the Minority in Parliament demanding his immediate resignation.
Latest to add her voice is Presidential staffer, Clara Napaga Tia Sulemana.
In a Facebook post Ms. Sulemana said such ethnocentric comments could come back to hunt the NPP.
According to her, it is "tribalistic statements like these from the very few ones like you [Mr. Quaitoo] that makes life very difficult for the NPP in the north".
She added that she is finding it difficult to understand "why on earth a deputy minister of state will look at the people who hosted him almost all his life (27 years), according to him, in the face and tell us we are difficult people and also that we lie to extort money from government. I am very sure this was said without any evidence".
In her view, the people of Northern Ghana deserve more than a "mere apology" from the deputy Agric Minister.
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