A former National Democratic Congress (NDC) flag bearer hopeful, Elikplim Agbemava has admonished Vice president Dr Mahamadu Bawumia to be focused and do away with “lies” that put his office in a position for public ridicule.
The renowned private legal practitioner also advised Bawumia to rather tap into the experience and expertise of his kinsman– former president John Mahama especially at a time the nation is battling to contain the spread of the deadly Coronavirus that has infected over 2700 and killed 18.
Why is Bawumia under fire?
Dr Bawumia has come under a barrage of criticism both on social and mainstream media over his verbal attacks on former president Mahama last Monday.
At a press briefing the Dr Bawumia, the head of government’s economic management team, lambasted the former president, who had described the country’s economy as weak following the outbreak of the virus.
“If you want to test the robustness of an economy, you test it in a time of crises. Thankfully, we have had two crises. Under the NDC, it was an internally-generated crisis, which was dumsor [frequent power cuts]. Under the presidency of Nana Akufo-Addo, there has been an externally generated crisis, which has been the global coronavirus pandemic… I
just want you to ask yourself, how have these two crises been managed? The dumsor crisis which crippled this economy for four years,” said Bawumia whose penchant for mocking the NDC had reached it’s peak.
“What were the mitigating measures offered to businesses and individuals during the dumsor, an internally generated crisis?” the Vice President quizzed as he sought to denigrate the opposition leader who tackled the power crisis he inherited before leaving office.
However in an article, Lawyer Agbemava, who believes the vice president only resorts to throwing invectives to remain relevant in his party, condemned Bawumia’s comments.
“Must we allow the Honourable office of the Vice President to be turned into an office for total intolerance or a source of intemperate language and lies?” Agbemava wondered, yet continued that “The thought of Bawumia or any Vice President having an influence or effect of economic policy succes or management is a fiction.”
Describing Dr Bawumia as “hotheaded”, Lawyer Agbemava said “I really wish Bawumia’s intemperate vituperations will not be a benchmark for the behavior of occupants of the noble office of Vice President. We are desperately in need of some courtesy in that office right now.”
Below is his statement
Bawumia is able to lie and remain pompous because of the silence of people who claim to be opinion leaders and moral compasses in our society.
He and his wife, always have invectives and intemperate language pouring out of their mouths yet nobody from the clergy for example or civil society has issued a single statement of caution. Let somebody dish out his own medicine to him and these so called respected members of society will come shouting on top of Mt Everest. Yet President Mahama has had to endure almost 10 years of disrespect from somebody who should be learning a lot from him.
A Vice President is a deputy to a President. By our constitution he is more or less redundant unless asked to run an errand. Till now though all occupants of the office have made it a point to keep it Honourable.
Aliu Mahama for example got himself busy by championing discipline in our society. Amissah Arthur exuded some calmness and self respect such that no one ever dreamt of insulting him except this hot headed Bawumia. President Atta Mills and John Mahama’s gentility whilst occupying that seat is very well known.
Must we allow the Honourable office of the Vice President to be turned into an office for total intolerance or a source of intemperate language and lies? The thought of Bawumia or any Vice President having an influence or effect of economic policy succes or management is a fiction. Economic policy of any serious government is determined by the cabinet with the president having the overall vision. What is agreed to is them implemented by the Minister for finance and all other sector ministries. The economy is not made up of only facts and figures. Our roads, minerals and the food we eat all form integral parts of the economy. It is not and never be a one man’s job.
The truth is that a Vice President most at times has nothing doing and political strategists have found a concept to fill the void. Time has caught up with this lie.
Even if this should be the case, it must come with some humility because we are all human and above all it is some saving grace for the morale of a redundant public officer.
I really wish Bawumia’s intemperate vituperations will not be a benchmark for the behavior of occupants of the noble office of Vice President. We are desperately in need of some courtesy in that office right now.