Video: Ghanaian in US peeved after being denied access to Akufo-Addo forum

Video: Ghanaian in US peeved after being denied access to Akufo-Addo forum
Source: Ghana | | GN
Date: 23-09-2019 Time: 04:09:18:pm
Solomon Owusu's video went viral after the incident

A Ghanaian student in the United States, created a scene last week after he was denied access by bodyguards at a town hall meeting being addressed by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Solomon Owusu had previously asked the President a question about the contentious arrest and deportation of Aisha Huang during another forum at Princeton University in the U.S.

Mr Owusu claimed he had even more questions to ask the President at the New Jersey meeting that he was denied entry.

In a video that went viral, Mr Owusu is seen explaining that because he was unable to ask all his question during the first meeting, he registered to participate in the second forum at Rutgers University, New Jersey.

"Macho men from Ghana told me they have been instructed not to allow me to enter the conference hall. I asked why and they were bossy… so I told them…you're in the United States and not in Ghana... you can't bring that bush life here," he said in the video in apparent anger.

‘Deporting Chinese ‘galamsey queen’ a mistake’

President Akufo-Addo said during the first forum that the deportation of a Chinese illegal mining ‘queen’ Aisha Huang “was a mistake”.

He said the cumbersome processes and the “problems involved in prosecuting” informed the decision to let Huang off the hook and send her home in December 2018.

“…but on the hindsight…I think it was a mistake,” President Akufo-Addo said at the Princeton University forum.

Some commentators say the President’s declaration is a slap in the face of the rule of law and the President’s own campaign against illegal small scale mining that has been championed by Chinese nationals.

Media reports also suggest that Aisha Huang was untouchable and had links to the top – credit to her survival in the illegal mining business for so long.

Solomon Owusu claimed he asked the question that elicited the controversial answer from the President.

Watch the video below.