Ghanaians are being called upon by New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central to recall the “short memory insult” thrown in their faces by then President John Dramani Mahama and reject his 2020 ambition, MyNewsGh.com has filed.
According to Kennedy Agyapong, the fact that there are people who still believe Mahama’s 2020 ambition is viable, is why he is getting convinced that Mahama might have been right in saying Ghanaians have a short memory.
It would be recalled former president John Mahama in December 2013 said “Ghanaians have very short memory,” which makes them easily forget about the achievements made by his administration.
In jest, the then President told a congregation in Accra at the inauguration of the Revival Restoration Centre of the Assemblies of God Church at Roman Ridge, Accra, that Ghanaians easily forget how far and how much progress has been made in the country vis-à-vis their present circumstances.
Using the energy crisis that hit the country in the year 2013 to buttress his point, Mahama said: “The energy crisis is solved. We don’t remember the darkness we were in and so we’ve put that behind us and we’re looking at what the other challenges are”.
According to him, while the crisis persisted, Ghanaians were constantly on his case and ridiculed him by creatively replacing the traditional way of greeting with a coined phrase “y3 ma mu dumsor ooo” that elicited a response “yaa Mahama” that directly blamed him for the crisis.
The Akan phrase, “y3 ma mu dumsor ooo” can loosely be translated as “have an erratic-power-supply-filled day” and the response “yaa Mahama” loosely means “by courtesy of Mahama”.
President Mahama said it is important for Ghanaians to appreciate how far the country has come as far as addressing development issues is concerned. He said despite the difficulties of his first year in office, he was nonetheless grateful to Ghanaians for standing by him.
But Kennedy Agyapong believes Mr Mahama’s very candidature is an insult to the memory of Ghanaians.
“We are really forgetful”, Kennedy Agyapong surrendered. “Ghanaians really have short memory … ah!” He added. “In fact he (Mahama) himself has said it, we have short memory. If Ghanaians were not forgetful Mahama will not be running” he said.