Three divisions of Akyem – Abuakwa, Bosome, and Kotoku in the Eastern Region hit the streets on Wednesday morning to register their displeasure with President, John Dramani Mahama and the NDC over alleged disparaging remarks made about Akyems.
Mr. Mahama, who is staging a comeback, sparked an uproar last week when he shared a Facebook post which described the people of Akyem, the ethnic group of sitting President Akufo-Addo, as ‘Sakawa Boys’— a term largely used to refer to people who engage in internet fraud, dubious or criminal activities.
Mr. Mahama shared on his Facebook an unprovoked blistering attack on the persons of President Akufo-Addo and his Vice Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia by Isaac Adongo, National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatanga Central, on the Agyapa Royalties deal.
Isaac Adongo had called those working on the Agyapa deal as ‘Akyem Mafia’ and Mr. Mahama amplified the NDC MP’s vitriolic comment on his Facebook page by adding ‘Akyem Sakawa Boys.’
The demonstrators who described themselves as “Concerned Citizens of Akyem Abuakwa, Kotoku and Bosome” are demanding a retraction and an apology from the Former President and the NDC over those comments.