‘Northerners are very greedy and untruthful’—Upper East Regional Minister tells media

Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu.

The Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu, has spoken disapprovingly of Ghanaians who hail from the north as people who are “greedy” and “don’t tell the truth”.

A one-time Ghana’s Ambassador to Morocco, Yakubu himself is a native of Binduri, a northern constituency he served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 2009 to 2013.

“You see, northerners are people that when you are dealing with them, you have to be very, very careful. Because of the poverty level, the people are very, very greedy people, you know.

“And they don’t tell the truth. They don’t. So, all the time, you have to be very careful to listen to them and find out the information because most of the things that they would say is wrong. You understand?” he stated during an interview he granted Media Without Borders on mining.

Ghana’s north comprises five administrative regions: Upper East, Upper West, North East, Northern and Savannah.

The regional minister is currently being investigated by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Ghana Police Service (GPS) and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) for his alleged involvement in a demand for furniture on behalf of government from small-scale miners, reported abetment of crime and purported false representation.

Some of Ghana’s globally known and highly respected citizens— in diplomacy, science, academia, business, journalism, law, sports, politics, entertainment and security among other fields— hail from the north.

A number of people from the north are also known for their philanthropic connections and contributions in Ghana and outside the country.

From left: Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Abedi Pele (shirtless with the UEFA Champions League trophy), John Dramani Mahama, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Wiyala are among the many notable figures from the north.

Source: Edward Adeti/Media Without Borders/mwbonline.org


  1. Hmmm! It’s a pity. So, he too is greedy and untruthful because from the logical point of view, if northerners are greedy and untruthful and he the regional minister is a northerners then he is untruthdul and greedy. Where is his intelligence?

  2. Where is this political bastard from.?It’s rather unfortunate that he is a regional minister. We have a saying that the pride and bluffs of the son of a poor man makes him poorer than his father. There are no special negative characters peculiar to any geopolitical zone.
    When your greed to exploit fails, cover your head in shame and stop calling people who are well known for hard work and honesty as liars.When you smear yourself with faeces, you can’t prevent a symphonic orchestra of flies swarming around you. Public service is not a goldmine for you.


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