An interview with Nana Kwame Bediako, popularly known as Cheddar or Freedom Jacob Caesar, was reportedly abruptly canceled by the state-owned Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) because of a purported “order from above.”
Over the past few days, Cheddar, the creator and leader of The New Force political movement, had been touring the media, leading up to what was anticipated to be an insightful interview on GTV.
Cheddar announced the upcoming appearance on GTV on social media one day in advance of the interview date, urging his followers to tune in to the broadcast. “I’ll be Live on @GTV_Ghana tomorrow morning. Don’t miss it. #TheNewForce,” he wrote.
But then, in a stunning turn of events, he told his followers that the interview was canceled on Wednesday, January 17, because the public broadcaster had purportedly cited orders from higher authorities. “We are sorry to announce that my interview with @GTV_Ghana has been canceled at the last minute by ‘orders from above.’ This has brought back memories of The Convention. #TheNewForce The Voice of the people,” Nana Kwame Bediako lamented.
We are sorry to announce that my interview with @GTV_Ghana has been cancelled at the last minute by “orders from above”. This has brought back memories of The Convention. #TheNewForce The Voice of the people. https://t.co/FqlcUpAuPl
— Nana Kwame Bediako (@OsagyefoNKB) January 17, 2024
This incident follows Cheddar’s recent admission in a TV3 interview that he invested an astounding $300,000 in an event meant to establish him as the main figure behind the “The New Force” movement. The government abruptly canceled “The Convention,” an event that was planned by the New Africa Foundation and scheduled for January 7, 2024.
Cheddar pointed out that he had booked and paid for the coveted Black Star Square venue well in advance, and he accused the government of treating people unfairly.
Prominent Pan-African leaders, such as Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao of Zimbabwe, P.L.O. Lumumba of Kenya, and Peter Obi of Nigeria, were scheduled to speak at “The Convention.” These leaders had already arrived in the nation and were disappointed by the abrupt cancellation.
There are concerns regarding the nature of the “orders from above” and their implications for Freedom Jacob Caesar’s political movement, “The New Force,” as the controversy surrounding the postponed interview keeps growing. The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and he both need to provide the public with more information regarding this extraordinary development.