Hate Speech F. F. Antoh apologises for death threat on Mahama

Mr Fredrick Fredua Antoh, first vice chairman of the NPP has apologised for suggesting that President John Mahama should be executed by firing squad for seeking a second term.

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The First Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party,  F. F. Antoh, has apologised for saying President John Mahama deserves to be hanged or killed  at the shooting range for seeking a second term as President.

In a panel broadcast discussion on Kumasi-based Abusua FM, Mr Antoh said: "Acheampong embarked on massive infrastructural development: he built Kumasi Sports Stadium, Komfo Anokye Polyclinic.

"But when he mismanaged the economy and inflation shot up, he was overthrown. Do you remember what happened to him? He was shot to death.

"The way and manner Mahama has mismanaged the economy, if not for civilisation and democracy, he should have been killed by now.”

But in a press statement Friday, Communications Minister Edward Omane-Boamah said the comments by Mr F.F Anto are “despicable and unimaginable”.

"Government takes a serious view of the NPP Vice Chairman’s comments on Abusua FM and wishes to condemn the opposition party’s constant resort to hate speech.

"Hate speech, plotting violence and calls for murder must not have a place in our politics," the statement said.

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However, in an interview with 3FM Friday, the former Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP said he is sorry for his unguarded comments.

He said:“If people feel bad about it, I apologise. …People are saying that it is hate speech, but I don’t see it that way. I never asked people that if they see President Mahama, because he has mismanaged the economy, they should throw sticks at him. I was just referring to a situation that has happened in the past.”

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