Some government officials have plotted to take Captain Smart, the host of Angel FM’s morning show, off the air temporarily, according to Franklin Cudjoe, President of IMANI Africa.
According to Cudjoe, Captain Smart has ruffled the feathers of some government officials, who have used their influence to get him off the air, albeit for a short time.
In a social media post, the IMANI boss claims that unknown government officials see Captain Smart’s direct approach to national issues as an attack on the government, which is making it unpopular.
Franklin Cudjoe adds that he is concerned about the situation and believes it sends the wrong message about the government. “I just had a worrying conversation with Captain Smart.
His boss has asked him to go off the air for a while due to undue pressure from ‘high ranking officials in government.’ “Captain Smart’s crime is that his usual scathing commentary on national affairs is making the government unpopular.
Is that true? I hope those calls were not made by overzealous politicians. In either case, it paints a bleak picture of intolerance. “#Fixitnow!” he exclaimed on social media. This revelation comes at a time when there is talk of a growing culture of silence.
Sam Jonah, a senior citizen, raised the issue at a Rotary event two weeks ago.
“It appears to me that in recent times, in our Fourth Republican dispensation, the courage to stand up for the truth and the determination to uphold the common good has been lost. In our darkest moments as a nation, it is concerning that the voices of the intellectuals are receding into oblivion. Sadly, this is a result of our country’s deep partisan polarisation, such that everything is seen through partisan prisms.”
“It appears that the culture of silence has returned to me. This time, convenience, parochialism, hypocrisy, and a lack of conviction have prevailed over legal and military power. “Where have our Adu Boahens and PV Ansahs gone?” he wondered. This claim, however, has been downplayed by Information Minister Oppong Nkrumah.
““This claim that there is a “culture of silence” in this country cannot be true. This is a country with approximately 500 radio stations, approximately 100 television stations, and millions of social media accounts, and everyone is free to express themselves.
“What some persons cannot stand is that when they express their thoughts and other people speak that they disagree, then they claim you are silencing them. Respectfully, that is the beauty of our democracy, that I will have my say, and you can disagree with me,” Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said.
1. Had a worrying conversation moments ago. Captain Smart’s boss has allegedly asked him to go off air for a while as a result of undue pressure that has been piled on him by ‘high ranking officials in government’.— Franklin CUDJOE (@lordcudjoe) May 6, 2021
2.Captain Smart’s crime, allegedly, is that his usual critical commentary on national affairs, is making government unpopular. Really? I hope it is not some over zealous politicians who made those calls. Either way, it paints a gravely intolerant picture. #Fixitnow!— Franklin CUDJOE (@lordcudjoe) May 6, 2021