Monday, 4 May 2015

Presidential staffer begs celebrities for forgiveness

Alhaji Halidu Haruna, a presidential staffer in
the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC)
administration, has apologised to Ghanaian
stars for insulting them over their comments
about the current energy crisis.
He took a swipe at some of the country’s
celebrities for daring to criticise Government.
Last Saturday, he described the female
celebrities who had appealed to the Mahama
administration to fix the crisis as “prostitutes”,
while another NDC commentator, Dela Coffie,
said the stars were in their “menopause,” for
amplifying the concerns of Ghanaians including
Halidu, who was a spokesperson for the Ghana
Hajj Board, took to his Facebook page to say
that Ghanaian female celebrities who were
above 30 years of age and not married were
prostitutes, apparently referring to Lydia
Forson and Yvonne Nelson, who are leading
the ‘DumsorMustStop’ campaign.
“Are those celebrities who are above the age of
30 years and not married responsible? What
are they waiting for? Is it the prostitution that
they are engaged in which has turned their
minds upside down and they don’t sound
reasonable again? I have no respect for
prostitutes. Let them say whatever they want
to say, their mouth no bi gun,” he posted on
his Facebook page.
Since last week, Ghanaian celebrities including
Yvonne Nelson, Lydia Forson and Sarkodie had
been leading the DumsorMustStop campaign to
get President John Mahama to fix the current
energy crisis which was tearing families and
businesses apart.
A lot of them took to social media to voice
their concerns on the extent to which dumsor
was affecting the country.
In a series of tweets they registered their
disgust about government’s failure to find a
lasting solution to the debacle.
Yvonne Nelson followed up with a BBC
interview on Friday, saying that assurances by
the president to fix the crisis were all lies.
“The government actually promised they were
sending power barges to help the situation.
They told us it was coming last April and today
is May 1. So it is pretty much full of lies. They
keep telling us lies and we are not seeing any
This did not go down well with Halidu, who is
eyeing the Ablekuma Central seat on the ticket
of the ruling party.
He asked if the celebs who made the
comments on ‘dumsor’ had the moral right to
talk on national issues.
He heaped insults on them, likening them to
Halidu claimed that the celebrities were to be
considered “irresponsible” as they were above
30 years of age and still unmarried.
Halidu’s comments received mass
condemnation, with many people asking if
unmarried women above 30 years and working
under President John Mahama’s administration
were also irresponsible and prostitutes.
Halidu’s remarks however did not deter the
Outspoken actress Lydia Forson, in her latest
letter to the President and posted on her
Facebook page, indicated that the general
public should be aware that “the president
really doesn’t care about us; we the little
people, we the ones who are not significant
enough to be bothered about.”
Musician A Plus also joined the fray and fired
shots at Halidu, saying, the man was not in his
right frame of mind.
Yvonne Nelson also replied saying she was
disappointed in the statement.
“If what I’m reading from Halidu Haruna is
true, then Ooo my goodness! I understand why
we are here, in this place as a country!
“I can’t believe a leader, a grown up man in
this country will say such a thing. He should
be ashamed of himself. We have a long way to
go, GHANA! The movement won’t stop until
dumsor stops.”
Halidu, unable to withstand the attacks,
backtracked, apologising for the insulting
“I feel embarrassed by my post against the
celebrities. I was condemned both privately
and publicly by my friends and party faithful. I
respectfully admit that it was an avoidable
blunder. I honestly and sincerely regret my
action and I ask for forgiveness. To err is
human,” he said.
Credit: Francis Addo I Daily Guide

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