By Patrick Akoto
Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jr, is calling for the immediate dismissal of Â Ghanaâ€™s deputy sports minister Joseph Yammin, Â for declaring ONLY supporters and sympathizers of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) will be flown to Brazil to support the Black Stars at the World Cup, claiming the comment has â€˜killed the spiritâ€™ of the nation. Â
The controversial former Ashanti Regional secretary of the ruling party has come under intense fire after his latest comment went viral in the West Africa country.
Minister of sports Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah has confirmed 500 Ghanaian fans will fly out to the South American country to cheer on the national team.
But Yamminâ€™s suggestions that majority will of such fans will be members of the ruling party has sparked widespread criticism as it has the propensity to worsen the already polarized political situation that exists in Ghana.
Seasoned and highly-respected journalist Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako wants the minister sacked for â€˜killingâ€™ the spirit of the nation, just days before the Black Stars take on USA in their group G opener.
â€œI canâ€™t believe it. He (Yammin) should be removed from office. I am extremely shocked to hear this,â€ he said on Peace FMâ€™ morning show on Wednesday.
â€œIf the president doesnâ€™t sack him, I will be very surprised. We rebuked him for earlier mistakes but this one he must be sacked.
â€œHe doesnâ€™t deserve to be minister of state being paid by the taxpayer. I am telling you, Â he has killed the spirit of the nation towards the World Cup.
â€œNobody should rationalize what he said. This is criminally inept. It is very pathetic and Iâ€™m shocked.â€ he fumed.
Yammin is not new in courting controversy after he â€˜readâ€™ politics in Ghanaâ€™s World Cup group decider againstÂ ZambiaÂ in September last year.
He urged the team to beat theÂ ChipolopoloÂ to further the cap of his government â€“ a comment which drew wild criticism from many Ghanaian fans.
Yammin latest comment could worsen the already polarized political temperature in the country which has been divided sharply between the ruling government and opposition New Patriotic Party.