The Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has watered-down his use of the “Papa no” comment in the house of Parliament.
According to Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, his comment during Parliamentary proceedings was not in bad taste.
The Minister has revealed that the comment was not meant to offend anybody and pleaded for the comment to be expunged from parliamentary records.
Speaking after the comment had generated a serious banter in the house, he said the comment was made in jest.
“Mr. Speaker, earlier, I was trying to catch your eye to request that the use of my expression which caused apprehension on the other side be expunged from the record. I didn’t mean it to offend anybody. It was in jest. And if anybody took offense to it, the records should reflect that it’s been expunged”.
On Friday, August 14, 2020, the house went haywire after the Member of Parliament for Ofoase Ayirebi used the term “Papa no” during proceedings.
“Mr Speaker, I want to encourage my colleagues on the other side. I want to encourage my good friend who just spoke (John Jinapor). In my hometown, we will say, ‘Papa no.’ ‘Papa no.’ I want to encourage ‘Papa no’ to take some time and follow the structure of this conversation and support”.
But the use of the term did not go down well with the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu who wanted his colleague to withdraw the comment arguing that the use of the popular social media term, was unparliamentary and wanted it withdrawn.
He argued that the refusal of the Minister to withdraw the term will force them to also refer to him as “Maame no”.
“You come to parliament to employ those words used on social media, we take strong objection to it. If you don’t withdraw, we won’t recognize you today as minister. We will not. Do what you will do”.
“From today, we won’t recognize you as minister of this republic. And we will not accord you any respect as minister. Let’s throw it to the dogs. What do you take us for? So, ‘Papa no’ accepted. But from today, we will not.
“We will give you a name. We will give you a name. And we are serving notice, he was elected just like you. And his constituents respect him. Because you people use ‘Papa no’ on social media. We know what it means. We will match you. You have lost my respect as Minority leader from today. We will match with you. We too, we will call you ‘Maame no”.