Former President John Dramani Mahama has asked Nana Akufo-Addo to end his penchant for clearing his appointees and his close associates said to be involved in illegal activities under his government.
According to him, President Akufo Addo must desist from supporting illegal mining which has become a canker in the country.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, the former president indicated that President Akufo-Addo has assumed a dishonourable badge, “the clearing agent.”
“It is unacceptable that President Nana Akufo-Addo has consistently put pressure on state anti-corruption institutions by announcing clearance of appointees and companies that are under investigation for wrongdoing.
“That penchant by the president to absolve his appointees and other close associates of any wrongdoing as he has done with the ongoing investigations into the operations of Akonta Mining Company is a serious dent on the already deteriorating image of the Office of the President,” he posted.
President Akufo-Addo speaking at the 28th National and 16th Biennial Congress of the National Union of Ghana Catholic Diocesan Priests Association in Koforidua cleared the mining firm of any wrongdoing.
According to the President, the firm is not engaged in any illegality.
“I want to assure you all that Akonta Mining is not engaged in any form of illegal mining anywhere in Ghana as we speak,” President Akufo-Addo noted.
This has generated widespread criticism of the President.
Some Ghanaians have also criticized the president for supporting the activities of Akonta Mining in the country and have requested further investigations into the company’s activities.
Find the full message from former President John Dramani Mahama on the Facebook page below