A “very angry”protester identified as Nasiba, who participated in the recent #OccupyJulorbiHouse demonstration organized by Democracy Hub and concerned citizens, has unleashed a scathing attack on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, branding him as the “worst president ever” in a passionate and emotional interview with JoyNews.
Nasibah’s anger and frustration were palpable as she vented her feelings about the current state of affairs in Ghana, with a particular focus on the suffering endured by the country’s youth and the beleaguered healthcare system.
In a voice quivering with rage, the protester recounted the heartbreaking story of a dedicated teacher who had devoted over three decades of his life to public service, only to tragically lose his 24-year-old son because they couldn’t afford the exorbitant cost of dialysis, an astounding GH¢400 per week. Her tone resonated with the collective pain of countless Ghanaians who have faced similar hardships in their quest for affordable healthcare.
“I am very angry, I am very angry. I am angrier this morning, people are dying each day, and the dialysis machine in Korle Bu got spoilt, do you know the number of people who died? A 24-year-old boy died this morning; his father is a teacher. His father is a teacher. Gave over thirty years of his life to the service could not transplant, could not afford dialysis GH¢400 a week. What do you mean?” she angrily said.
But it wasn’t just the healthcare system that came under Nasibah’s withering criticism. She accused the government of gross misallocation of funds, squandering resources on frivolous expenses while the nation grappled with pressing issues. She pointedly questioned the government’s priorities, especially in light of the heavy tax burden placed on citizens and the relentless rise in the cost of living.
” The cost of living in this country but you bring flowers to celebrate your daughter’s birthday, you bring a cake to celebrate E-Levy. God will judge the government, God will judge Akufo-Addo, it will hurt him, it will be excruciating He will be in pain. Somebody who built his career on protest, he built his career on protest, God will judge him. He will meet his death. Making people suffer, look at the Ghanaian youth, look at every one of them, and he is using the police as a tool. Had us arrested on Thursday, maltreated, beaten and lied about. Lied about it. Beat us, lied about it. Said they did not beat anybody. What is wrong with protests. This country’s independence was founded on protests. It was founded on protest. But I guess he does not know that, because he thinks government owes him. Ghana owes him something. His birthright. You work so hard to become the worst president ever. God will judge him. God will judge him,” she cried out.
The #OccupyJulorbiHouseprotests reached a climax on the final day when protesters made a daring attempt to breach a police barricade late into the night, aiming to march towards the presidency. This audacious move came in the wake of the illegal arrests and heavy-handed police tactics that marred the first day of the protests, during which 49 protesters were apprehended and detained for hours on charges of unlawful assembly. All of them were subsequently released on bail.
Days 2 and 3 witnessed no major incidents, as the police strategically cordoned off the main road leading to Jubilee House, the presidential residence, even before the protesters initiated their march towards the symbolic location.
Day 2 saw the partial blockade of one section of the 37-Accra Road, while the final day witnessed the full closure of both sides, causing significant disruption to vehicular traffic throughout the day.
Nasibah’s emotionally charged words reflect the deep-seated frustrations and grievances felt by many Ghanaians, as many have shared the video multiple times on Twitter with comments affirming her sentiments.