Lawyer Augustine Arvoh Mensah

A prominent legal practitioner in Takoradi, Augustine Arvoh Mensah has slammed President John Dramani Mahama over his nationwide ?Thank You? tour allegedly aimed at appreciating Ghanaians for showing sympathy when President John Atta Mills passed away.

According to the lawyer, President Mahama, by custom, was not the head of the family of the late President and therefore had no mandate to thank the people.

?Let President Mahama be candid enough to admit that he is making political fortune from the misfortune of all Ghanaians,? he stressed.

He maintained that the President?s ?Thank You? message to Ghanaians through the national broadcast was enough.

He stated that the nationwide tour to thank the people was an abuse of incumbency, which the late President would have seen as an exercise of profligate expenditure.

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE in an interview, lawyer Arvoh Mensah noted that the decision by national executives of the National Democratic Congress to thank other political parties that partook in the late President?s funeral, was also highly misplaced.

He explained that the late President died as the President of Ghana and that, his family was no longer the NDC, but the whole country and so those that were to be thanked were the foreign dignitaries and non-Ghanaians who mourned with Ghanaians.

?By custom, bereaved family members do not go round to thank themselves for fulfilling an obligation bestowed on them.

The only context in which the ?Thank You? tour can be justified is when the late President?s family take it upon themselves to thank the entire nation,? he noted.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi

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