'Will this dog become the new dead goat'? Mahama cautions Akufo-Addo on idioms

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

A tweet by former President John Dramani Mahama on Thursday has generated discussions on social media with some commending the sense of humour of the former President.

In the tweet, Mr Mahama posted a picture of a goat and a dog with the caption, “Lessons in Ghanaian politics - don’t use idioms in relation to yourself. They'll stick”.

Useful links Ghana Politics | Ghana Celebrity News | News in Ghana

The post has been suggested to be aimed at drawing comparisons between his use of the ‘dead goat syndrome’ at a time when labour groups were threatening to go on strike during his administration and President Akufo-Addo's reference to himself as a dog - "this dog will not be hanged."

Related story: I have dead goat syndrome - President Mahama (audio)


Useful links Ghana news | Ghana Business News | News in Ghana

The ‘dead goat’ comment in March, 2015 made it into BBC’s Africa’s best quotes of 2015.

The remark by Mr Mahama generated lots of discussions in Ghana with many condemning him for his failure to empathise with the plight of Ghanaians.

Read alsoMahama’s ‘dead goat’ comment makes 2015 Africa best quotes

for current Ghana news | Ghana Business News | News in Ghana

President Akufo-Addo on Wednesday whilst renewing his vow to protect the public purse at the Internal Audit Conference in Accra, said desperate efforts by his political opponents will not wash because he and his family members were not involved in anything untoward.

Related: My family is not corrupt - Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo declared that his family is not corrupt despite a conspiracy by some of his political opponents to portray them as such.

According to him, he did not come into public service to enrich himself, adding that members of his family are not involved in anything untoward.

"I came to reiterate that I need your help in the fight against corruption. I came to renew publicly the sacred vow that I took to protect the public purse. I came also to acknowledge that this is not a battle I can wage or win alone," President Akufo-Addo said.

"There are many layers to the protection of the public purse and internal auditors are its primary defenders. I want to say that the stringent and desperate efforts being made by my political opponents to tarnish me and members of my family with corruption will simply not wash."

"I did not come into public life to make money out of public service and members of my family know fully well that they have to behave and are not involved in anything untoward." 

“I am aware that you give a dog a bad name in order to hang it, but this dog will not be hanged,” the President said.

Writer's email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.