Former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) says he is not surprised members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are making ugly noises following revelations that aspects of President Akufo-Addo’s inaugural speech were taken from the speeches of two former United States Presidents.
According to Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, the supporters of the opposition are clutching at straw because “the thought of being in opposition has affected them psychologically”.
Shortly after his investiture on Saturday at the Black Star Square in Accra, it emerged that there were striking similarities between Akufo-Addo’s speech and those delivered by two former United States Presidents.
Portions of Nana Akufo-Addo’s speech were the exact words of ex-Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton.
The quote, “I ask you to be citizens, not spectators…,” which was uttered by Nana Akufo-Addo during his inaugural speech has been attributed to Presidents Woodrow Wilson and later George Bush.
The office of President Akufo-Addo subsequently issued an apology, admitting to lifting words without acknowledgment.
However, members of the NDC and other pressure groups say the President must take a firmer action despite the apology.
Commenting on the issue, Sir John said such attention seekers should be treated with the contempt they deserve.
In his view, if the arguments by the NDC is anything to go by, then all Ghanaians should acknowledge and give the necessary credit to the Queen when speaking English.
The former NPP scribe maintained that, such unnecessary arguments should not be entertained especially when it is coming from a bitter opposition political party.
Sir John urged Ghanaians to ignore such trivialities and support the Akufo-Addo led administration succeed.