Ghanaian Movie Producer, Socrate Safo has has come down hard on actress Yvonne Nelson and some other Ghanaian celebrities who mounted pressure on the Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo, to make a statement about the security forces brutalities and maiming of youth in fellow West Africa country, Nigeria.
There were sustained protests across Nigeria for more than two weeks against police brutalities and bad governance in general in the country.
The protest which started off peaceful turned bloody when security forces in the Nigerian state started to ironically brutalize and kill peaceful protestors. This turned the whole thing on its head as there were reprisal attacks by citizens against security forces.
Although the Nigerian government keeps denying the claims of killing peaceful protestors even in the face of strong and verifiable evidence, that some citizens have been killed in the protest – the situation has currently put the authorities in Nigeria under the global radar as some have started to push for justice for victims at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
#EndSars, #endpolicebrutalities among others have become the trending hashtags on Twitter and Instagram as a result.
Ghanaian celebrities like Yvonne Nelson, Lydia Forson and Nana Aba Anamoah among others took to their social media handles and called on the Ghanaian President to intervene in the Nigerian situation in his capacity as the current Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Chairman.
One of Yvonne Nelson’s tweets read; ”Our President must show leadership on this matter else he becomes complicit in the senseless killing of innocent and defenseless protesters @NAkufoAddo”.
Socrate Safo, a known staunch supporter of the President, decided to address the issue of celebrities calling on the President to address the situation in another country on Okay FM’s ”Best Entertainment” show.
The movie producer took shots at Yvonne Nelson and the other celebrities over their tweets to the President.
He questioned the logic in their messages, especially that of Yvonne Nelson.
In his view, it was right that the president delayed in making a statement on the Nigerian situation, because according to him, any proper leader would have to measure the events properly before making pronouncements.
In his view, the President as Head of ECOWAS does not mean that he can jump on the bandwagon, but he rather needs to take his time and ponder the situation before making official statements.
”There is something called diplomacy. In diplomacy, you don’t talk by heart in public…Presidency, they use common sense. They study the terrain. They sniff. They have people who do all this, who advise.”
He warned Yvonne Nelson and other celebrities to resist the temptation to become familiar with the President, stating emphatically ”familiarity breeds contempt”.
The movie producer further advised these celebrities to accord the President maximum respect as Head of State and an elderly person, adding that they need to be mindful of their utterances when speaking to and about the President.
”Do you know what leadership means?
”They’re excited to talk. There is a difference between condemning something as a celebrity and the difference between calling on the President to talk. The excitement is not about the fact that we’re condemning what is going on but the excitement aspect is having the guts that you’re taking the advantage of the freedom you have to call on your President like he’s your child, that he should go and talk”, he advised.
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