The man who coined the much-loathed “Akyem Sakawa” title for President Akufo Addo’s men at the Presidency, Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatanga Central Constituency Mr. Isaac Adongo has done a refrain by saying if the President and his men change their ways, he will call them “Akyem Honourable”.
“If they (some people in government) behave in ways of Sakawa that is the words I will use for them. If they behave honourably, I will describe them as Akyem Honourables, if they behave responsibly, I will describe them as the changed Akyem responsible people. But if they behave in Sakawa ways, the Sakawa has come to stay until they change their ways and begins to put Ghana first,” Adongo said in an interview with Pure FM.
The controversial Adongo whose opinion post was shared on Facebook by ex-President Mahama, explained that the “Akyem Sakawa Boys” comment was not directed at all people of Akyem ethnicity but rather a few officials in the Akufo Addo administration who have been fingered in the series of corruption scandals that have rocked the administration.
“I have not insulted anyone I didn’t know, but for those that I targeted, there is no way I will render an apology because they are still practising the Sakawa,” Adongo said in the interview on Pure FM..
His statement has sent townsfolks in President Akufo Addo’s hometown into a frenzy as a cross-section of indigenes hit the road demonstrating against what they claim is an ethnocentric stereotyping.
The group calling itself the Concerned Citizens of Akyem further threatened to cause physical harm on any of their kinsmen who are in support of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), the party of Isaac Adongo.
“But those who went on a demonstration I don’t know them hence there is nothing I have said against them”. Isaac Adong countered.
Isaac Adongo has been given a 72-hour ultimatum by the protesters in Akyem to retract the tag, but Adongo says he is not perturbed.
“If you parade those people (some people in government) before me, I will still describe them as such”, Isaac Adong stressed.
The confusion emanated from Adongo’s post shared by ex-President Mahama on his Facebook page last week.
It was in connection with the scandalous Agyapa Royalties deal that seeks to mortgage Ghana’s multi-million annual mineral royalties through Agyapa, an obscure company registered in a notorious tax haven. Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta and President Akufo Addo’s cousin, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko have been fingered as the main kingpins of the questionable deal.