National Communication Officer of the opposition NDC, Sammy Gyamfi has defended his “I can’t breathe cartoon” mimicking the death of African-American Geroge Floyd in the US, which has attracted huge backlash on social media.
In what appears to be a justification of his tweet, Sammy Gyamfi hit back at critics saying his post is not to gain political favour as has been suggested by a section of Ghanaians.
According to him, there’s nothing wrong with adopting the US scenario to highlight what he describes as an “evil attempt” by the Electoral Commission to force the new voter register down the throat of Ghanaians.
“Nothing wrong with sharing a cartoon which draws a parallel between the painful xenophobic murder of George Floyd, and the evil attempt by the [Ghanaian] EC to disenfranchise millions of eligible voters through a xenophobic voter register,” portions of the Facebook post of Sammy Gyamfi read.
He added that “this cartoon doesn’t mock the painful xenophobic murder of George Floyd or seek to exploit same for political capital in any way.”
He further explained that “Floyd was choked to death while screaming for breath. In Ghana today, the Jean Mensah-led EC is seeking to disenfranchise millions of eligible voters through a xenophobic voter register. The potential victims of this grave injustice, are screaming for breath. They are screaming for their inalienable right to vote.”