President of the NDC Professionals Forum branch in North America Arnold Appiah has taken President Nana Akufo-Addo to the cleaners over his plea for debt forgiveness.
President Akufo-Addo made the plea when he met French President Emmanuel Macron as part of his tour of some European countries.
The Ghanaian President said his plea was necessitated by the impact of COVID and the unfavourable global economic structure. Ironically, President Macron was the first Western leader to whom President Akufo-Addo aggressively sold his idea of Ghana beyond aid.
Speaking to Sena Nombo on Radio Gold, NDC Pro-Forum North America President Arnold Appia says President Akufo-Addo's request is shameful.
"Why would you wear a Gucci suit and go and beg that you forgive me all my debt? That's quite shameful," he stated.
Arnold Appiah believes the President's plea is proof that Ghana's situation was beyond HIPC levels.
He said President Akufo-Addo through this plea has exposed his incompetence and the fact that he has added no value to the Ghanaian economy.
"In our traditional parlance what do you think they would tell you? They would tell you, you as old as you are, life choices; you did not add any value to yourself."
"I would be very very ashamed of myself to stand in front someone to tell him, 'please forgive me of my debts because I was not competent enough to manage the resources that you gave me. I have abused it so pardon me. That's quite shameful. That will be a big disgrace; my dad would say the schools came out with nothing," he stated.
Arnold Appiah is also surprised that the President who supervised unprecedented borrowing in his tenure is the one making this demand, and cautioned the President against embarrassing the country with his plea for debt forgiveness antics.
"So five years in government, you borrow everything under the sun and you go and stand in front of your son and say 'please forgive us. Next time, he should go alone, not on the ticket of Ghana. He can go on the ticket of NPP but don't go on the ticket of Ghana and embarrass all of us. Not all of us represent this old school system," he stated.
Arnold Appiah said President Akufo-Addo's appeal shows he was living in the past and providing archaic leadership that is incapable of addressing Ghana's contemporary challenges, adding "We need progressive people to run this country and this is a huge embarrassment."
"What do you think the investors would think of us?" he queried.
The NDC Pro-Forum North America, therefore urged President Akufo-Addo to take his own advice to #fixthecountry campaigners and fix himself and his appointees. "Now I understand why they came with "fix yourself" to counter "fix Ghana". People need to really fix themselves. "
"This mindset that the President is carrying around, he needs to fix himself and fix his people," he stated.