A former Running mate of the Progressive People’s Party in the 2012 election is angry at what she describes as a “shabby treatment” the Scottish Parliament meted out to Ghana’s president John Mahama.
Eva Lokko said the Scottish government and its Parliament had no right to “push our president around” the way they did.
Speaking on Multi TV and Joy FM’s news analysis programme Newsfile, Saturday, Madam Lokko said instead of dictating to Ghana what laws it should or should not pass, it should rather focus on becoming a “sovereign nation,” having been “brutalised for so long”.
Ghana’s president John Mahama embarked on an official visit to Scotland where he was presented with an honorary degree in law. But apart from the honour, the president was treated in ways many considered dishonorable and disrespectful.
He was squeezed in the public gallery together with his wife and Foreign Minister with the minority members in Parliament later boycotting a speech that the president was expected to make at a Committee of Parliament.
The minority ambushed and heckled Ghana’s president accusing him of presiding over a country that does not respect the rights of gays.
Analysing the treatment on Newsfile, Eva Lokko said the Scottish government and its people “must mind their own business.”
“If you have a foreign president; he must be treated with the protocol he deserves,” she argued, adding, “we are a sovereign country.”
The Editor in Chief of the Crusading Guide Newspaper Kweku Baako Jnr was not too sure if Mahama’s visit was a private one or a state visit.
He argued if it was a state visit, then the treatment meted out to the president was wrong.
If it was a state visit, “then the reception should have been more dignified; I would consider the treatment as an insult,” he stated.
He was however not too bothered by the conduct of the Scottish Minority members of Parliament, saying, in “Parliament there can be heckling,” either in Ghana or in Scotland.
The Deputy Interior Minister James Agalga who was also on the show said what happened in Scotland was “not unsual.”
He said even in Ghana there are practices and procedures some of which are strange, citing the 2014 State of the Nation Address in which members of the Minority in Parliament brandished placards accusing President Mahama and members of his government as “stealers.”
He said John Mahama’s visit must be contextualised because he did not go to Scotland to address Parliament. He said if had gone there to address Parliament, perhaps the treatment would have been different.