Ghana president apologises over ‘inappropriate’ disability comments

The Ghanaian president has apologised to people with disabilities over his use of the words “blind” and “deaf” in a political speech on last week.

Nana Akufo-Addo was at the New Patriotic Party (NPP) rally on Thursday when he said his government had fulfilled 41 promises it made to Ghanaians and added that only the blind and deaf would ignore that the promises had been fulfilled.

The Ghana Federation of Disability Organization expressed their disappointment over the president’s use of the words deaf and blind. In a statement published at the weekend, the organisation said:

Quote Message: We know that is a political metaphor but there are so many words the President could have used.”

Mr Akufo-Addo apologised for “any unintended slight” on Sunday night on his official Facebook page, saying that: “If there has been any government that has been on the side of persons with disabilities, it is my government.”