A presidential staffer, Clara Napaga Tia Sulemana has come under fire for what looks like a joke gone bad.
There is a trending joke on social media which has people making funny comments and observations and ending with “this nonsense should end in 2017”.
Joining the trend, Ms Tia Sulemana posted on her Facebook page that “Those of you who usually meet me at events and immediately want to submit you CV for employment, this nonsense should end in 2017”.
But her post failed to amuse a section of social media users who deemed it as a mockery of the many unemployed people in the country.
While some criticized her for getting swollen headed because of the benefits she was getting for being close to the corridors of power, others plainly insulted her for being insensitive to the plight of the many unemployed youth, some of whom supported the NPP to win power.
As the criticisms gathered steam, the presidential staffer pulled down the original post and apologized for the unintended disaffection it had caused.
Explaining in a Facebook post on Friday, she said:
“With the benefit of hindsight, my post wouldn’t have read same. I didn’t intend to cause any disaffection. It was purely for humor but i must admit that it’s a joke gone bad. As a young person myself, I’m passionate about youth development and spend a lot of my time with young people. It therefore cannot be, that i will be insensitive to my peers
I saw the cliche ‘This nonsense must stop in 2017’, where a lot of jokes have been cracked. This is where my gaffe emanated from. I didnt create a post to berate anyone. For what it is not intended to, i erred. I’m sorry”.
Clara Napaga Tia Sulemana has been a presidential staffer since January when she was appointed by President Nana Akufo-Addo as part of his foremost appointments.
Prior to that, the University of Development Studies graduate was an aide to the then Candidate Akufo-Addo during the 2016 campaign.