- The Chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, is asking Ghanaians to forgive the embattled minister
- In his comments on the matter, Prof. Asante urged Ghanaians to let go
The Peace Council of Ghana has urged Ghanaians to forgive resigned deputy minister of Agriculture, William Quaitoo, following his tribal comments on Northerners.
According to the president of the Council, Prof Emmanuel Asante, it is "important for us as human beings to forgive" Mr. Quaitoo especially after he gathered the courage to render an apology for his unacceptable comments.
The deputy Agric minister came under the spotlight after describing the people of Northern Ghana as "difficult people" who cannot be trusted, while also adding that farmers who wanted government to compensate them for the destruction of their crops by Fall Army Worms (FAW) only wanted to "extort money".
He subsequently came under severe criticism from a section of Ghanaians - both in and outside government - with the minority in Parliament taking it a step further by requesting for his sack.
Mr. Quaitoo later apologized for his comments, saying they were "unacceptable" and subsequently tendered in his resignation to the presidenton Tuesday following mounting pressure.
However, there are people who still begrudge him for his utterances despite his resignation.
President of the Ghana Peace Council, Prof Emmanuel Asante, believes the former deputy Agric minister's apology is a sign of him showing remorse and has therefore urged all Ghanaians to forgive him.
In an interview with Starr News he said: “We all wrong others. But if we hold onto it and claim that no; because this person said it, he has not been circumspective enough; he’s insulted me and I am not going to forgive that person, I am going to really give it back to that person, two wrongs don’t make one right."
According to him, the fact that Mr. Quaitoo came out publicly to admit his mistake in making those tribal comments should serve as enough proof to Ghanaians that he has indeed regretted it, adding that "let’s forget and move forward".