Tribalism Osafo Marfo Accused Of Tribal Sentiments

The NDC has described comments made by Osafo Marfo as “tribal bigotry” and “primitive”.

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused former Finance Minister Mr Yaw Osafo Marfo over tribalism.

His comments were made to the effect that non-Akans whose home regions are bereft of natural resources are rather those at governing the country.

According to the Deputy Communications Director, Fred Agbenyo, “We in the National Democratic Congress unreservedly condemn this extreme form of tribal bigotry exhibited by Mr Osafo Marfo.

“We are utterly dismayed that in spite of his years of education, exposure and experience, Mr Osafo Marfo will hold such primitive views about national leadership, and proceed to make comments that have the potential to tear apart the very fabric that bind us together as one people with a common destiny.

Mr Osafo Marfo in a secret tape recording was heard to bemoan that 90 percent of the natural resources in Ghana are from the Akan speaking regions adding that it is people who come from regions without resources are governing the country.

“You have all the resources, but you have no say in the management of your resources and that is what is happening. Your development depends on the one who has no resources,” the voice said.

“You can’t say this openly,” he cautioned the Council members, but added that they are at liberty to talk about it among Asantes.

“We should protect ourselves, we should protect our income. No one who is the source of income, the source of revenue, the source of resources allows another person without those resources the chance to rule over them.

“It’s never done anywhere in the world. In the world over, it is the group with the most resources that rules and not the other way around,” the voice said.

The NDC has therefore described the comments as unfortunate.

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