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Abuakwa South MP Samuel Atta Akyea has said President Nana Akufo-Addo’s speechwriter should be blamed for the plagiarised portions of the president’s inaugural speech and should apologise for subjecting the head of state to international ridicule.
Mr Akufo-Addo’s inaugural speech was replete with unattributed quotes from some former presidents of the United States.
The huge outcry that greeted the development on the local and international front prompted a section of the populace including the Minority in Parliament to call on the President to withdraw the speech and personally apologise for it due to global embarrassment the country suffered as a result.
Speaking to Class News’ parliamentary correspondent Ekow Annan, Mr Akyea said Mr Akufo-Addo’s speechwriter is solely to blame.
“With my practice as a lawyer and reassessing culpability, the one who was responsible for putting together the speech should rather apologise, but the man who read the wrong thing because of the negligence of another, why should he apologise? So if you look at it officially, I have been embarrassed, I have been shamed by somebody not putting together what is right. So why should I apologise for that?” the legislator quizzed.
In response to why Nana Akufo-Addo did not read through the speech before reading it out, Mr Akyea said: “I’m tempted to believe that when they put things together there was a swap and I think they didn’t give him what was right because it will not make sense for anybody to say that Nana Akufo-Addo, his stature and intellectual capacities will not be able to see right.”
According to Mr Akyea, the plagiarised portions of the speech were slips. He said: “Mahama suffered a worse fate than that, even pages were missing, so what are you going to say about that? It’s not equalisation, there can be even presidential slips like when you say the president of Kenya is the president of Ghana. So when you want to make errors out of what I will call nothing, then you are getting wayward. The opposition should be concentrating on serious matters rather than what I will call accidental slips. I do not even remember that when the president had lost pages of his speech we came to the floor of the house that there should be amendment and the rest and remember it was in an international forum and the president was going on with the speech and pages were missing and we saw how embarrassing it was but it was not the president who had made the mistake per se, but his managers and handlers and we should leave him to have his peace…”.
Mr Akyea went on further to say: “The one who packaged the speech and did not make the acknowledgement should apologise… How would you want to tell a man who has been offended by another person to apologise? With all respect, it doesn’t [sync] with common sense…”