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Coronavirus: My critics doing so for ‘their political survival’ – President Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged Ghanaians not to begrudge persons criticising government’s fight against the Coronavirus pandemic in the country. He said some political actors are doing everything possible to make Ghanaians believe that the government has failed in the fight against COVID-19.

The comment comes days after NDC flagbearer and former President John Mahama criticised the efforts of government after significant number of positive cases were recorded on Friday.

“From 3,091 to 4,012 COVID 19 cases within 24 hours; Government is certainly failing the people of Ghana. Fear gripped many homes last night when the latest confirmed cases were released. And that is understandable. COVID 19 is real, my brothers and sisters. I want to encourage you, yet again, to protect yourself. Regular handwashing with soap and under running water is a must.

“Stay Home, but if you have to go out for any reason including work, wear your mask, take along a hand sanitizer, and always disinfect commonly used and touched surfaces. And, let us continue to remember the poor & needy. They need our support,” Mahama wrote on Facebook.

“I know some political actors will want you to believe that our current numbers represent a failure on the part of Government. Do not begrudge them. They need to make such comments for their political survival. On the contrary, we must be emboldened in the knowledge that the four thousand, seven hundred (4,700) persons infected, so far, with the virus, have been identified, taken out of the population, isolated and are being treated,” the President said.

President Akufo-Addo made the remark during his ninth address to the nation on Sunday, May 10, 2020, where he updated Ghanaians on measures put in place to defeat COVID-19 in the country.

“Fellow Ghanaians, this virus, as we have seen the world over, is no respecter of persons, and has wreaked its havoc on every country on the planet. We can defeat it if we continue to look out for one another, and remain each other’s keeper. We are fighting a common enemy, and it is imperative that we do not allow religious, ethnic or political differences to get in the way of certain victory,” he urged.

He further advised Ghanaians not to encourage such disparaging comments against the fight against COVID-19 saying: “We cannot allow a few persons, who wish to use these differences to scuttle our collective fight, to succeed.”

 

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