If the people of Agogo are clamouring for Fulanis to be sacked from Ghana, then they might as well be suggesting the sacking of Mrs Samira Bawumia, General Secretary of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia has said.
He told Chief Jerry Forson on Accra100.5fm’s breakfast show Ghana Yenson on Wednesday April 13 that the wife of Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, three-time running mate to the flagbearer of Ghana’s biggest opposition party, is also of Fulani extraction, and, thus, those calling for Fulanis and their cattle to be booted out of the country may be doing Mrs Bawumia a disservice.
“If we say we are sacking all Fulanis from Ghana, do you know Dr Bawumia’s wife is a Fulani?” General Mosquito, as Mr Asiedu Nketia is popularly known asked Chief Jerry Forson. “So, it is not about the type of person you are. So, if you categorise them [Fulanis] and demand that they be sacked, you’ll end up, perhaps, sacking Dr Bawumia’s wife, too,” he said, adding: “So, it’s not about the fact that somebody is a Fulani, it’s about the fact that there is a conflict between crop farmers and animal farmers, which needs to be resolved.”
Mr Asiedu Nketia’s comments come a day after the people of Agogo, led by their queen mother as well as MP for Asante Akyem North, Kojo Baah Agyemang, went on a peaceful demonstration to demand that all Fulanis and their cattle be sacked from the area. They complained that the activities of the nomads threaten their lives and livelihood, since the herders kill, maim and rape their kith and kin, as well as destroy their farms.
Mr Asiedu Nketia, however, said: “There’s no law that criminalises cattle herding in Ghana. …It’s a problem between crop farmers and animal farmers…we should find a nonpartisan solution to the problem,” he added.
He took exception to the stereotyping of Fulanis, saying: “We should stop the racial profiling of Fulanis and accusing them of being the perpetrators of every crime in Ghana. …Before Fulanis came into this country, weren’t there rape cases? Some Ghanaians are also guilty of the same crimes Fulanis are always accused of, so, it is problematic to racially profile Fulanis. When you sack them from Agogo, would you put them in an articulated truck and send them to The Ivory Coast?” he wondered.
Revealed: Why UK freed Nayele Ametefe after serving 3 years of her 8-year jail time
Drug Queen Nayele Ametefe has been released from jail having served only three years out of her 8 and a half years sentence for narcotics peddling and trafficking.
We learnt she was released days ago on parole for showing extraordinarily good behaviour throughout her 3 years in prison, even though she has 5 and a half years to go.
Parole is a temporary release of a prisoner who agrees to certain conditions before the completion of the maximum sentence period, originating from the French ‘parole’.
The Ghanaian who also hold an Austrian passport pleaded guilty to carrying 12 kilos of cocaine to the United Kingdom was been sentenced to eight years, eight months’ imprisonment.
Nayele Ametefe was sentenced on her own plea by the Isleworth Crown Court in London. The sentence was discounted because of her early guilty plea. Nayele appeared in court well dressed and looked indifferent when the sentence was handed down on her head.
The prosecutors told the court Nayele had $23,000 and an additional 6,000 Pounds in her handbag when she was arrested. The money was payment for her courier services.
According to the prosecutors, Nayele Ametefe was carting the cocaine to South America. Her travel itinerary, the court was told indicated that she was leaving the United Kingdom two days after her arrival, for the Dominican Republic.
The 12 kilograms of cocaine was, therefore, not meant to be consumed in the UK.
In his submission for mitigation, lawyer for Nayele told the court she came from an underprivileged home and married a spare parts dealer at Ghana’s famous spare-parts market, Abossey Okai.
She has three children, the first being 16 years old. Her marriage broke down and she has been a single mother.
According to the lawyer, Nayele came into contact with powerful people in 2004 and her life changed dramatically. She travelled extensively with influential people as their companion.
The lawyer said Nayele has remained connected to powerful people in authority who are currently in power in Ghana.
She was forced by circumstances to engage in transporting drugs to support her newly attained high-class lifestyle and to take care of her three children, the lawyer said.
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