The Information Minister, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah says President Akufo-Addo’s failure to speak about casualties recorded in the December 7, election in his last state of the Nation Address is being blown out of proportion.
The Minister believes the attention paid to this development in Tuesday’s speech in Parliament is not necessary.
This commenced when the Minority described the President as unable to highlight the event as insensitive and an affirmation of their allegations of violence and toggling on the part of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Six persons died across the country due to violence that erupted at various parts of the country during the just ended election.
“Specific to the matter of whether or not he should have mentioned persons who lost their lives during the recently ran election, you will find people with different views on it. That for me itself is not even such a big deal”.
Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Tamale North begs to differ.
Alhassan Suhuyini says a mention by the President at the national address would have served as some form of consolation for the families of the deceased.
“These are people who are breadwinners who are looked up to in their families with a lot of expectations… Even if the President didn’t mean it would have just been appropriate for him to commiserate with the family and give them the assurance that it will be investigated thoroughly and the culprits if found, will be dealt with,” he said.
He, however, rules out the possibility of an oversight in the matter which he describes as unforgivable.