A LETTER TO AFIA POKUAA ON HER AGENDA TO INCITE THE PUBLIC AGAINST PREZ. AKUFO-ADDO
Dear Vim Lady,
While we accept the nomenclatural definition of the media being the fourth estate of the realm, the irrevocability of same having the ‘muscles’ to cause disaffection for an administration when no crime has been committed cannot be whittled away.
The Tema West MP, Carlos Ahenkorah, has tendered his resignation letter for flouting the safety protocols pertaining to the nation’s effortful measures to combat the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
You have posted on your Facebook timeline a video of the President touring some registration centres in Accra, and asking Ghanaians to assess it in order to come up with what they see to be wrong with it.
This mischievous agenda has only one destination which is to invite a section of Ghanaians to berate or chastise President Akufo-Addo for visiting a centre while there were many people around.
Let me make this clearer to you. The President did not travel with any big entourage because of the abnormal situation we find ourselves. To the extent that no member of the Presidential Press Corps followed the President to these centres should be sufficient evidence for you to know that the President takes this fight with seriousness.
An impression is being created by you that the President could be endangering the lives of the people who were at these centres. In other words, if Carlos has been lambasted for what happened, then the President must also be taken to the cleaners for same?
What seems to have eluded you is the fact that the President has not tested positive for COVID-19. How you could create a co-relationship between what Carlos did and what happened when the President toured the registration centres is something that discerning minds would find difficult to grasp.
Afia, you work at Despite Media, and you are not oblivious of the fact that a worker at the media house has passed away as a result of COVID-19. There were people at the Nyaho Clinic where that precious life was lost.
You also know that a host of one of the weekend shows at Despite Media has also tested positive for COVID-19, but for some inexplicable reasons, you have not asked for the entire Despite Media team to be subjected to rigorous tests for the deadly coronavirus pandemic but you are here pitting the President against the general public for something as harmless as the one you posted! That is hypocritical, if you ask me.
If objectivity is your driving force, then ask for all workers under your outfit to be tested so that others could know their status.
I would not end without asking you to show us where the President went wrong or which safety protocol he flouted for which he should be lambasted.
If I were you, I would use my timeline to educate Ghanaians on the contagious nature of COVID-19 and how it could lead to their untimely deaths if the laid down safety measures are not strictly complied with instead of this populist and mischievous agenda from you.
P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.