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Akufo-Addo gives John Mahama “rival” treatment at peace forum

Akufo-Addo gives John Mahama “rival” treatment at peace forum

President Akufo-Addo has taken social media aback with his cold attitude to former President John Mahama at what was supposed to be a peace and security forum at the Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Training Center.

The President is seen in a video that has gone viral giving his predecessor an indifferent handshake after warmly greeting other dignitaries at the event.

President Akufo-Addo was greeting dignitaries after delivering a message of peace and unity but that didn’t deter him from giving his predecessor a treatment that is only extended to enemies or opponents.

The video has shocked social media users who felt the President should have risen above “petty” sentiments.

Some social media users have suggested the President is not happy with comments made by his predecessor after he suggested at the event that his “free Senior High School” policy is the solution to Terrorism.

The former President during a panel discussion reminded the participants at the forum that the only reported recruitments of Ghanaian youth by a terrorist group involved University students and these happened whiles he was in power.

It is alleged John Dramani Mahama’s walk down memory lane may have been seen by his successor as a dismissal of his suggestion of free Senior High School as a panacea to terrorism.

Other social media users theorize that the cold handshake was in reaction to his predecessor’s recent criticism of the policies and actions of the current administration.

The former President who is seeking to make a return to power after 2021 has accused Nana Akufo-Addo of intolerance and failing to put the interest of Ghana ahead of the petty partisan and individual interest.

NDC Flagbearer’s comments are in reaction to the suspension of the broadcasting licenses of radio stations perceived to be aligned to the opposition and the abandonment of strategic infrastructure projects built by the former government.

President Akufo-Addo has on several occasions refused to acknowledge the contributions of his predecessor even when commissioning projects began and completed by the former government choosing rather to condemn former President John Mahama at any given opportunity.

The question that is being asked is whether the handshake is a sign that the battle lines for the 2020 elections are drawn with the two men set to go head to head for the third time to determine who runs the country from 2021.

Story: Sena Nombo/Radiogoldlive.com

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