According to Dr. Kabiru Mahama, a technical advisor in the Office of the Vice President, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo does not go abroad with his presidential chair as he does in Ghana.
The chair has gained popularity in recent years as a result of the fact that President Akufo-Addo takes it with him to practically every occasion he has attended while serving as Ghana’s president.
Officials of the National Democratic Party (NDP) have frequently asserted that a V8 is set aside just for the chair’s mobility.
Dr. Mahama denied the claim, calling it inaccurate and an illustration of how the NDC was taking advantage of the circumstance for its own political ends.
“This propaganda about this presidential chair ought to stop because we know that the president goes with his handlers and presidential staffers. If a president for national security reasons…” he stressed on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana programme, November 1, 2022.
When asked by host Randy Abbey if he was “justifying taking a special chair to a radio studio,” Dr. Mahama responded:
“I am justifying the fact that what the president eats, what the president wears, what the president sits on must be checked made against the National Security standards.
Pushed about why the same standards are not applied when Akufo-Addo travels outside the country, he responded: “Let me tell you why it may not be applicable outside Ghana, one; systems elsewhere are different.”
He cited the example of the American president, Joe Biden, when he went to the Queen’s funeral, with his own fleet. “That’s the American system,”Dr. Mahama stressed adding that the US being in economic difficulties would not mean they lower their security standards.
“To suggest that this chair is having its own car and is being fueled when it can easily be placed in the boot of a car and go anywhere they want, you try to make a lot of noise about it,” he added.
— Metropolitan Television (@metrotvgh) November 1, 2022