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KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR? WHAT A PALAVER! AKUFO-ADDO CLARIFIES VISIT TO 37 HOSPITAL

Health & Lifestyle

Social media was awash yesterday with news that President Akufo-Addo had been rushed to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra after collapsing.

Social media was awash yesterday with news that President Akufo-Addo had been rushed to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra after collapsing.

 

But speaking at the opening of National Cyber Security Awareness Month in Accra, the President called on Ghanaians to ignore the rumours and said he was fit.

“My presence at the military hospital yesterday [Sunday] to visit my brother in-law the famous Captain Powis Spencer ‒ who is unfortunately there for a hip operation ‒ has been translated on social media as my collapse [while preparing for] my vacation abroad,” he said, laughing.

Sick agenda

This is not the first time that Akufo-Addo’s opponents, and especially the opposition National Democratic Congress, have tried to lie about the health of the President.

In the run-up to the 2016 elections, members of the NDC tried to persuade Ghanaians that the then presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo, was suffering from cancer for which he was receiving treatment in London. The propaganda merchants said that because of this, Ghanaians should reject him at the polls.

But speaking to traditional rulers during his 2016 campaign tour, Akufo-Addo said he was fit and well.

“First they said I was a drug addict. It didn’t work. They said I was sick. It didn’t work. They said I was too old. It didn’t work. They said I was a hunchback. It didn’t work.

They said I was a dwarf. It didn’t work. They said I was in a wheelchair. It didn’t work. They said I am a murderer. It didn’t work.”

Doom-mongers

He continued, “They said I will die in June. It didn’t work. They said I was a dictator. It didn’t work. They said I was intolerant. It didn’t work. They said I was violent. It didn’t work. They said I had a secret agenda to destabilise the country. It didn’t work.

“Now, they say I have cancer. It will not work.”

Jabbing the doom-mongers yesterday, the President said by all indications, they are bent on building their political fortunes on his health.

“All I can say is that those whose political fortunes depend on my ill-health and degeneration … we are all in the hands of the Almighty.”

Lawyer and former Danquah Institute executive director Gabby Otchere-Darko, writing on his Facebook wall, wondered why certain individuals would go to the extent of wishing President Akufo-Addo dead.

“So the President cannot visit a hospitalised in-law at 37 without false speculation? Visit is done. He is home. Doing what he knows best: preparing for work in the morning,” he posted.