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Don’t politicise COVID-19 pandemic—Obour

Don't politicise COVID-19 pandemic—Obour

Bice Osei Kuffour aka Obour, NPP Parliamentary aspirant for Asante Akyem South Constituency in the Ashanti Region, has called on politicians to desist from politicising the COVID-19 pandemic saying that was very insensitive and irresponsible.

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Obour who is also the former President of the Musicians Union of Ghana(MUSIGA) was speaking on the negative status of all 33 people who came into contact with his late father, Nana Osei Boansi Kuffour who allegedly died of Covid-19 about a fortnight ago.

“I am extremely happy and highly elated that all 33 persons who had to be quarantined and eventually tested as contact tracing came out negative.

“The news of the negative report came to me with great joy and wish to sincerely thank God for His mercies”, he said.

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According to the Konkotibaa hitmaker, “every political opponent who sought to politicize the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the demise of my dad should bow their heads in shame.

“Although I have been under quarantine all these while, I was closely following happenings in the Asante Akyem South Constituency and it is a big shame that people could be so heartless by seeing COVID-19 as a tool for politicking leading to the creation of fear and panic in the constituency and beyond”, he added.

Obour said under no circumstances should a pandemic like COVID-19 be exploited as a political weapon and people who contract the virus should not be stigmatised.

“Just because he tested positive for Covid-19, has Boris Johnson ceased being the Prime Minister of UK? Or is Prince Charles no longer a prince of the British Kingdom because he tested positive?

“Or has Iddris Elba stopped being a celebrity and Prince Albert II of Monaco no longer the political head of Monaco because they tested positive?”,he quizzed.

Obour advised all to desist from creating fear and panic with the aim to gain politically or otherwise.

“There is too much fear and that is not good enough in the fight against the pandemic. There is every need to pull together as one unit to overcome this disease which remains a great threat to our collective goals as a nation”, he said.

Obour was however full of praise for the leadership exhibited by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo in this difficult times and urged all Ghanaians to rally behind the president by respecting the ‘Stay Home’ policy while observing other protocols such as washing of hands with soap under running water, use of hand sanitisers and rubbing alcohol.

The MP aspirant indicated his confidence in the leadership of Nana Addo and Ghanaians in overcoming the COVID-19 challenge saying it was important we remained each other’s keeper.

“I humbly appeal to the well to do in society to extend a helping hand to the less privileged in society as we combat our common enemy—COVID-19.

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