A group calling itself ‘The Concerned Youth of the North’ based in Kumasi has taken a ‘serious exception to what it calls the unrestrained comments’ made by a former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Martin Amidu.
The group has therefore given the former Minister a week’s ultimatum to retract and render an unqualified apology to all Ghanaians of northern extraction.
A statement jointly signed by President of the group, Clement Chirewole Kegeri, and the Secretary, Tolbert Atoya and issued to the media in Kumasi, noted that it is strange that Mr. Amidu, who is expected to motivate his fellow northern brothers and siblings to strive for greater heights would rather resort to negative attacks and prediction of doom of future of the northern youth.
The statement described the attacks by the former Attorney-General on people of the north as a desperate attempt to shift the goal posts when investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas dared him to substantiate his claims that government sponsored a recent expose on judicial corruption in the country.
It notes also that in Mr. Amidu’s quest to demonstrate his deep-seated bitterness and hatred for President John Mahama who also comes from the north, claims that by the performance of the President, it will take people from the northern part of Ghana many years to get one of their own elected again as President of the country.
The statement noted that by the this stance, Mr. Amidu has proven his frustration and vindictiveness adding that he is intentionally cursing the incoming generation of the north just because he was not able to become a President of the land.
The statement reminded Mr. Amidu that people of the north are not only recognized as‘incorruptible, honest and hardworking, but they are also not traitors, envious, vindictive and jealous of others’.
It said ‘if Mr. Amidu would not inspire hope in the younger generation from the north, he should not curse’ them either.
The statement expressed regret that an astute lawyer of Mr. Amidu’s stature would still not accept the fact that President Mahama is not President for the people of the north but for the whole of Ghana.
Additionally, there is no evidence to prove that President Mahama was elected on the basis of his background as a northerner.
The statement is therefore urging Mr. Amidu to be humble enough to retract and apologize for his outburst.