How Sports Personalities Reacted to NAPO’s “Your Kwame Nkrumah” Comment
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How Sports Personalities Reacted to NAPO’s “Your Kwame Nkrumah” Comment

NPP Vice Presidential Candidate, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, popularly known as NAPO NPP Vice Presidential Candidate, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, popularly known as NAPO

Some sports personalities have spoken out on the controversial comment made by Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, popularly known as NAPO, vice-presidential candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), regarding Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

During the unveiling of its party vice presidential candidate on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, NAPO said the NPP government led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had surpassed all previous administrations in the history of Ghana, including that of Kwame Nkrumah.

“This has never happened in the history of Ghana. If President Akufo-Addo retires, I can beat my chest and say that since the creation of the country in 1957, there has been no president who has helped the country more than Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

“I say that from 1957 to today, whether you choose ‘your’ Kwame Nkrumah… there has been no one who has led Ghana, protected the country and developed Ghana more than Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,” he said.

His statement sparked criticism and outrage on social media, with some sports journalists and personalities sharing their thoughts.

Renowned sports journalist Godfred Akoto Boafo wrote in a post on X (formerly Twitter) that NAPO’s comment clarifies recent alleged slander against Kwame Nkrumah in textbooks.

“Kwame Nkrumah’s slander in textbooks in recent years is now clearer.”

Akoto’s statement sparked a response from award-winning sports journalist Saddick Adams, who called the slurs against Nkrumah distasteful.

“But it’s not pleasant at all,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, Fentuo Tahiru Fentuo, in his statement, found no problem with the NAPO comparison but disagreed with the Energy Minister’s wording.

“I actually think people have the right to compare other governments to Nkrumah’s government. Then you can do an objective analysis and determine who is telling the truth.”

“The problem is how he said it. ‘Mo Kwame Nkrumah no’ means personal disrespect,” Fentuo wrote.

Former Asante Kotoko coach Isaac “Opeele” Boateng responded to the tweet by calling NAPO’s comments wrong.

“It is therefore sad that Napo has suddenly returned to this unnecessary argument of Nkrumah because of his unguided talk.

“We, the members of the Busia family, know what we think of Kwame Nkrumah, so Napo, we are sorry that he is bringing this unnecessary stress upon us again,” he said.

“I may not be in X today,” Opeele added.

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