The NPP youth of Busunu who reportedly rejected bags of rice from the Member of Parliament for Damongo constituency, Hon. Abu Jinapor in a video that has since gone viral have apologised for their action.
The youth in a press conference read on behalf of them by the public relations officer of the group, Mr. Seidu Sakibu revealed that their action was not staged to embarrass the MP who also doubles as the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources neither were they coerced into doing that.
According to them, their action was to drum into the ears of their MP that they need jobs not rice.
They further revealed that after staging the protest, they later got to know that the bags of rice were rather meant for their chiefs, clan heads and elders.
To this end, the youth say they have regretted their action and wish to apologize to the chiefs, elders of the town and the Member of Parliament for the area.
It would be recalled that a video of NPP youth group of Busunu in the West Gonja Municipality of the Savannah Region were seen rejecting bags of rice.
The youth were heard chanting statements like, ‘take your rice away,’ ‘we need jobs not rice’ in the said video which went viral.
Below is the press statement by the Busunu NPP youth read by Mr. Seidu Sakibu today Friday July 23, 2021:
For immediate release
22nd July, 2021
A MESSAGE OF APOLOGY FROM BUSUNU NPP YOUTH
Fellow patriots, the chiefs and elders of Busunu community, all party executives, Concerned Unemployed Graduate Association of Busunu(CUGAB) and its executives, Busunu Youth Association(BUYA), media practitioners, ladies and gentlemen, greetings to you all.
We are here today in front of the general public to make clarification on some actions being taken by Busunu NPP youth on Sunday 18th of July 2021. We believe very well that the entire community and the constituency at large will bear with us that the sharing of rice seems to be an annual activity performed by our abled Member of Parliament (MP) thus the minister for lands and natural resources Honorable Samuel Abu Jinapor. Unfortunately this year on said date, the story changed from welcoming this philanthropic gesture. We therefore want to on behalf of our colleagues seek apology from our chiefs and elders since the said rice was not for the youth of Busunu but rather for our chiefs, Clan heads and elders.
Media practitioners, ladies and gentlemen, We want to say that we are very sorrowful pertaining to our actions and inactions and thereby want to pronounce our regret.
Busunu; a homogeneous community is blessed with responsible elders full of wisdom, and when children belonging to them pick decisions that bring chaos, the children still will not hesitate to run back to them. You the elders know the suffering we went through during the elections, we therefore decided collectively to create the attention of our distinguished MP, since we are lucky in the Damongo constituency to have him as our MP, to hear our cry and come to our aid. Yes the message was ‘we need jobs not rice’ not because we wanted to sabotage or backstab our indefatigable MP, but rather to create a signal to him that we are really in need of his helping hand since employment is ongoing in other districts.
Moreover, to our hardworking party executives, those times when you were not sleeping, we were also not sleeping as well. We rallied behind each other during and after the elections, but we are deeply regretting and apologising for our actions. Our fight on the 18th, we thought was on the right direction, but seem to have brought sleepless nights to you the executives. We want the general public to be very much aware that we were not influenced by any party executive nor any influential person in the hierarchy. We never intended to pre inform you before as this would have ruined our decision useless. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this might cost you.
To CUGAB and the whole NPP youth, we still believe we are the patient type, hardworking and dying so hard for our party, fully connected and very respectful to our leaders, this in all, we still remain as loyal patriots. The this, and that, of Busunu is us, not you, not me. Let us still stand tall, hoping and praying our MP listens and come to our aid.
We thank the chiefs and elders of Busunu community, all the party executives, Busunu Youth Association (BUYA), and the media practitioners for all your efforts, concern, and time with us.Jira, and his elders, we pray you plead on our behalf.
Akuro Gbeadese Rafiu
Luke Kaposhi Gbulo
(PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER)
Story By: Ezekiel Abdul Aziz