I was cautioned by friends not to criticize Akufo-Addo’s gov’t – Kwesi Botchwey

A former Finance Minister and a stalwart of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Professor Kwesi Botchwey , has said friends have advised him not to be critical of the Akufo-Addo government because the governing party is vindictive.

He revealed that the caution came as soon as the announcement was made that he was going to deliver a public lecturer on happenings in Ghana especially with the economy.

He however, said he was undeterred.

“A few of my friends called me and sought of cautioned me to be careful and circumspect about wherever I was going to be saying today because in the worst, these people are vindictive and will come after you if you criticize them.

“I was quite dismayed and wondered if this was truly reflective of the public sentiments in our time, whether these friends have perhaps missed his Excellency the President’s exultation to us in his inaugural address on January 2017 to be citizens and not spectators, which exultation I was certain that he meant in earnest knowing the president as I do. So I came undeterred,” he said at the public lecture organized by the One Ghana Movement on Monday March 7.

The lecturer was on the theme: “On the state of the nation’s economy and politics, 65 years after independence, the path to sustainable development and democratic consolidation.”

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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