On Wednesday, player Harry Maguire of Manchester United accepted an apology from a member of Ghana who had made fun of him during a parliamentary discussion on the budget in the previous year.
Isaac Adongo, a politician for the opposition, compared how Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia manages the economy of the troubled West African nation and Harry Maguire’s performance on the field of play.
In a speech extensively circulated on social media last year, Adongo likened Bawumia to Maguire, whom he characterized as “the biggest threat at the center of the Manchester United defense.” Bawumia was also compared to Maguire by Adongo.
This comment was made during a more significant portion of the speech that accused Bawumia of poor economic management and causing suffering for the country’s population.
Ghana is undergoing its most significant economic crisis in a generation, brought on by a rapid increase in its public debt. This has resulted in severe inflation and the country’s currency devaluation.
On Tuesday, during a discussion on the 2024 budget, Adongo declared that Maguire had “turned the corner” and retracted his statement.
Adongo stated, “I now apologize to Harry Maguire,” as he finished his statement. “He is a transformational footballer. He is now scoring goals for Manchester United.”
In a post published on X on Wednesday, Maguire indicated that he had accepted the apology.
He ended the message by saying, “See you at Old Trafford soon,” alluding to the stadium where Manchester United plays its home games.
However, he did not back down from his criticism of Bawumia and instead continued to accuse Bawumia of “roaming” about the International Monetary Fund (IMF) “with a cup in hand.”
The government of Ghana approached the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance last year. In May, the Fund decided to adopt a program that would last three years and cost $3 billion, with an initial release of $600 million.
Bawumia now serves as the leader of the government’s economic management team and has been chosen to represent the ruling party in the elections for 2024.