Ghanaian Leaders, Past & Present Weigh in on George Flyod Murder in Minnesota


Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and former President John Dramani Mahama, have both condemned the killing of George Floyd by a white American police officer.


The two Ghanaian leaders on their separate Facebook pages described the racially motivated incident as systemic and uncalled for in such present day and age.


“Black people, the world over, are shocked and distraught by the killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer in the United States of America. It carried with it an all too painful familiarity, and an ugly reminder. It cannot be right that, in the 21st century, the United States, this great bastion of democracy, continues to grapple with the problem of systemic racism”, President Akufo-Addo said.


John Mahama, Ghana's ex-president


He expressed his deep condolences to the family and loved ones of the late George Floyd, on behalf of the people of Ghana.


“We stand with our kith and kin in America in these difficult and trying times, and we hope that the unfortunate, tragic death of George Floyd will inspire a lasting change in how America confronts head on the problems of hate and racism”, he added.


Former President John Dramani Mahama, on his part, noted that recent events in America have brightened the moral spotlight on the systemic prejudice and danger that Black people there experience solely because of the colour of their skin.”


“The killing of George Floyd is the latest in a centuries-long series of moral outrages that are now more visible because they are being documented on film and through social media”, he stated.


Ex-President Mahama who is also the presidential candidate on the ticket of Ghana’s main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in the 2020 presidential race, said the systemic prejudices and injustices faced by Black people in America is based on racism, which makes no distinction on the basis of migration history, national origin, social class or educational attainment.


“We must understand that the threats and dangers are as real for Ghanaians and other Africans in America as they are for African Americans. We cannot look away, and we cannot be silent”, he added.


George Floyd was killed by a police officer in the presence of three other officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States of America on May 25.