The group, made up of some residents of Akyem Abuakwa, Kotoku and Bosome, last week, demonstrated against the former president for what they say is his endorsement of the statement, which was posted by the member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central, Isaac Adongo.
“I didn’t say anybody is Akyem sakawa. I read a statement by Isaac Adongo, he made very good arguments and actually my mind was on the body of the argument he made and, so, I reposted it…for me, it was the argument he made that was really cogent that’s why I reposted it…,” Mr Mahama explained on Class91.3FM with Benjamin Akakpo on Monday 14 September, 2020 .
Reacting to the issue of Akyem youth threatening to ban him or the NDC from campaigning in the area, he stated emphatically that the group cannot ban the NDC from campaigning in Okyeman,indicating that he did not refer to any group of people as ‘sakawa.’
“Nobody bans anybody. Let's not even go there because if other people ban others, what country are we going to have?”.......I have not abused Akyem people. Indeed, like I said, there are many Akyem people in my party so why will I say anything insulting to them?”
“When we all talk about Italian mafia, does it mean all Italians are mafia? When we say Italian mafia, it doesn’t mean all Italians are mafia,” he added.
Meanwhile President Akufo-Addo has complained about Mr Mahama’s endorsement of the statement, which he said was worrying.
Mr Mahama came under serious attack when he shared Mr Adongo’s post titled: ‘Agyapa Royalties Fraud Is The Last Straw: The Akyem Sakawa Boys and Grandpas must Go’.
In the article, Mr Adongo described President Akufo-Addo and some government officials as ‘Akyem Sakawa Boys’ and accused him of forming a family-and-friends cartel to capture the mineral resources of the state.
The group calling itself,Concerned Citizens of Akyem in the Eastern Region, after its demonstration on Wednesday, 9 September 2020, gave Mr Mahama a 72-hour ultimatum to apologise to Akyems or stay away from campaigning in the region, a position which another Okyeman Group, Progressive Akyem Citizens has countered as ''unhealthy political infiltration and emotionalism''