The President and the ruling NPP have come under criticism for being against free speech. The most recent debate about free speech sparked when MP for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong issues a threat of harm against Journalist Erastus Asare Donkor.
Some people have called on the President to condemn the actions of the MP.
But speaking at the Eid-Ul-Adha celebrations yesterday President Akufo-Addo said he and his government are firm supporters of free speech.
"Let me state that I am a firm supported of free speech, the government I lead is also a firm supporter of free speech and this is evident by the atmosphere of free speech prevailing in the country."
He also advised that "we must all bear in mind that words can be as incendiary as guns."
He said it took the muttering of words by irresponsible journalists, amplified by the power of radio, to ignite the tragic genocide in Rwanda.
“It is important for all of us to recognize that there's only one country we call home and that is Ghana. We must protect our way of life with, in the words of the national pledge, all our strength and with all our hearts,” he stated.
President Akufo-Addo cautioned against allowing the actions and utterances of a few misguided persons to jeopardise and destroy the united country which had been the envy of many on the continent and the world at large.