Imani Africa President, Mr. Franklin Cudjoe, has said a comment he made regarding President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s characterization of the work of his think tank, has been doctored.
Mr. Cudjoe is reported to have said: “You, Nana Akufo Addo, we were the ones keeping the NDC government on its toes when you had all your internal fights for nearly 2 years when you were in opposition. We met you to brief you about the state of affairs at your invitation. Today, we are only saying and doing what we did under the NDC and you say we are worse than what you used to admire and quote copiously from?
“So, all CSOs and think tanks are worrying you, and, by extension, emboldening your ministers and party people to deal with us ruthlessly? I never thought you could actually insult us. Mr. President, I can only say thank you. But we have seen all of these before. We will be here serving Ghana. Do your part and we shall do ours. After all, we pay you and your ministers to work for us. It is not the other way around. We shall be here to celebrate your defeat. Merry Christmas to you all the same,”
But in a disclaimer on the widely-shared alleged Facebook comment, Mr. Cudjoe said: “My attention has been drawn to a post I made more than a year ago about reservations I had with the President’s description of the work of CSOs. However, someone has deliberately inserted sentences I never wrote.
“For instance, I never wrote: ‘We shall be here to celebrate your defeat’, which the malicious human malware inserted and [is] spreading around. As you know, it is out of my character to wish anyone ill-fortune, even if they are unknowingly plowing paths to misery – I will point out the pitfalls rather than rejoice. Once again, I wonder what some achieve by twisting public comments made by persons of interest. That is no longer defined as fake news – it is insanity!”