Sammy Gyamfi justifies ‘I can’t breath’ cartoon
The National Communications Officer of the opposition NDC, Sammy Gyamfi, has defended his social media post which sought to draw similarities between the gruesome murder of a black man in the US and the EC’s decision to compile a new voters register.
“Nothing wrong with sharing a cartoon which draws a parallel between the painful xenophobic murder of George Floyd, and the evil attempt by the GH EC to disenfranchise millions of eligible voters through a xenophobic voter register,” he said in a Facebook post.
Many social media users descended heavily of Mr Gyamfi, describing his cartoon as insensitive to the death of the black man, George Floyd.
But Sammy Gyamfi disagrees.
“This cartoon doesn’t mock the painful xenophobic murder of George Floyd or seek to exploit same for political capital in any way.
“Floyd was choked to death, while screaming for breath.
In GH today, the Jean Mensah-led EC is seeking to disenfranchise millions of eligible voters through a xenophobic voter register. The potential victims of this grave injustice, are screaming for breath. They are screaming for their inalienable right to vote,” he justified.
The black man, George Floyd, was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis in the US after the officer knelt on his neck till he could no longer breath.
His death has since sparked a wave of protests across the United States of America and social media platforms across the globe.
Meanwhile, some social media users including musician, Sarkodie, are demanding an apology from Sammy Gyamfi over his post.
Naa my brother we all go wrong sometimes… I will believe your intention wasn’t to joke with these serious n very sensitive issues, but you still wrong just do what’s right…. retract n take it down https://t.co/4Dopst4wLT
— Sarkodie (@sarkodie) June 2, 2020
Sammy Gyamfi could just apologise to the Ghanaian public and the entire black race for dragging serious matters into his pettiful parochial interest. Yet he is still stubbornly defending his recklessness. Let’s raise the bar.#BlackLivesMatter #gyaegyimii
— Kwabena Gyasi Brempong (@stkwabenagyasi) June 2, 2020
Sammy Gyamfi, the Ghanaian people don’t want explanations for your insensitive post. You need to delete it and apologize! pic.twitter.com/F1clKNLkg8
— Bethie ✊🏾 (@BethieSimone_) June 2, 2020