A video posted on social media platforms appears to show President Akufo-Addo apparently refusing to shake Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia during an event at the Jubilee House on August 7.
The president, who was ushered in by Director of State Protocol, Hassan Ahmed, is seen walk past his vice who had bowed and looked forward to a handshake.
Dr Bawumia’s body language and facial expression showed signs of disappointment and frustration as President Akufo-Addo brushed him off.
Social media users have since been talking, with many speculating ‘bad blood’.
But the ruling Party’s communicators have said it was simply a protocol mishap as the President might not have been made aware there will be greeting sessions.
Surprisingly, the pair was seen together this morning at the State burial service of former Senior Minister, Joseph Henry Mensah.
The burial ceremony was attended by Ghana’s former presidents, Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor, and John Dramani Mahama, leadership of the NPP and representatives of the various political parties, members of the diplomatic corps, among others, are billed to be in attendance.
In his sermon at the funeral ceremony at the Accra International Conference Centre, Rev Palmer-Buckle wondered why everything must come to a standstill just to celebrate the one-week passing of the dead.
He told President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and other government officials present at the funeral not to give state approval for the one-week celebration of the dead.
“Do not let us give, unwittingly, state approval to that beautiful custom of Eighth Day because people look at what we the leadership of our country do, how we stop everything to go for eighth day ceremonies, how we stop government work to go for it, how everything comes to a standstill when somebody dies because of eighth day ceremony. Yes, people look at what we the leadership of our country do and they copy it and even overdo it. We spend undue time, government time and personal resources,” he stated.
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