Ghana: To two-faced Akufo-Addo: All-fall-be-fall

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Dec 3rd, 2012
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By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor

As we inch toward Election Day this Friday, some extra-ordinary events have begun happening to provide some comic relief. Forget about the Hassan Ayariga antics and turn to this latest one, reported by Sammi Wiafe, Citi News reporter in Kumasi:

“… Akufo-Addo took a tumble when the stage on which he was addressing a crowd caved in at the Jubilee Park in Kumasi, on Sunday. He and Kufuor escaped unhurt. Akufo-Addo was addressing party supporters at the rally when the incident occurred but no casualties were recorded.”

Wiafe reported that the rally came to an abrupt end after the incident, saying “All of the executives who were sitting on this particular stage, all of them fell.”

Painfully funny, you might call it? Or sabotage by the carpenters who built the platform? Hirelings of the NDC? Who knows?

No matter what, the incident provides some food-for-thought for us, tempted to be superstitious at such times.

Now that the political platform on which he stands to make such pronouncements has begun caving in under him—virtually throwing him off balance and abruptly ending his venom-filled pontifications, I hope he will look far beyond the surface to do some serious introspection to tread cautiously.

Let me indulge in some dangerous superstition here. Nothing happens just for its own sake. The Jubilee Park incident is a harbinger of many political misfortunes awaiting Akufo-Addo.

Now that his “All-die-be-die” mantra is manifesting in an “All-fall-be-fall” episode, he had better take caution.

Some of us have already made it clear that no matter what Akufo-Addo means to his fanatics wearing thick blinders and failing to see what we have seen to reject him, he is not well-cut-out to lead Ghana. We have adduced several reasons to support our disinclination toward him and concluded that his fixation on nothing but extravagant promises portrays him as a dangerous monomaniac who will create problems, not solve existing ones.

We have rejected him because he is not worth our bother.  He has very serious problems that aren’t difficult to fathom. He is double-faced and can’t be trusted.

While stridently shouting on political platforms to support his claim of being against the spilling of blood in the pursuit of his mordant Presidential ambitions, he isn’t taking any concrete action to persuade Ghanaians to see him as such.

He has stoutly defended his “All-die-be-die” war-cry and turned a blind eye to all the trouble that his followers are causing all over the place, especially in the Ashanti Region, where he recently joined the other Presidential Candidates to sign the Kumasi Peace Pact.

The manner in which he is conducting affairs clearly indicates that he is the Ghanaian version of the Roman god Janus, showing his double-face posture wherever he goes.

I have been wondering why he is so. The answer lies in his own element, which adds to other factors to make him unsuitable for the Presidency.

As if not knowing that removing the beam in his own eyes would solve his personal problems than reaching out for the speck that he sees in others’ eyes, he is all over the place, making utterances that have very serious boomerang effects on him instead of hurting the target(s) of his vitriol.

We wonder if he knows where he is pushing himself as he continues to make vexing utterances, one of which I comment on next.

He is reported to have “challenged the President to use his office as head of security to deal with anybody engaged in any act of electoral violence and promise, just as he [Nana Akufo Addo] has done, not to spill anyone’s blood to retain power” (Ghanaweb, December 2, 2012).

Ghanaians will be wise to take with a huge pinch of salt his promise that “the NPP will not have a hand in any act of violence in the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections.”

Have we not already been given glimpses into what the NPP has up its sleeves? When his followers in his own hometown (Kyebi) physically assaulted NDC supporters on the occasion of President Mahama’s electioneering campaign rounds there, what did Akufo-Addo say to prove that he is against violence?

Even when in Kumasi for today’s political rally, what did he say to condemn the violence that had occurred in Ashtown, Kumasi, in which the NPP’s MP for the area featured?

Nothing. He closed his mind to it. How, then, can he persuade us that he is against political violence?

He has allowed his tunnel vision to determine how he approaches issues. He demonstrated so before signing the Kumasi Peace Pact, and did so again at Techiman, even at the time that he was wasting his breath urging President Mahama to desist from encouraging political violence. Here is the proof:

“Mr Akufo Addo… cited recent incidents of electoral violence in some strongholds of the opposition party and tasked President John Mahama to ensure that such cases are investigated and the offenders dealt with if he is really committed to peaceful elections.”

He said the President, who is head of security, should also declare to Ghanaians he won’t shed anyone’s blood to retain the presidency, insisting that “he [Mahama] should say that to Ghanaians so that we will all know his preaching of peace is not borne out of mere rhetorics.”

Lying through his teeth, he said: “I have declared to the whole nation on your behalf that should there be violence in this elections, the perpetrators will not be from the NPP… We appeal to the president to tell same to his followers to desist from acts of violence for I have said I wouldn’t want anybody to shed his blood for me to become president of Ghana.”

Pathetic, indeed. The problem with Akufo-Addo is that his self-righteousness has blinded him to his own liabilities. That is why I doubt his honesty in the matter of political violence.

Between him and President Mahama, who is more belligerent, even to the extent of demonstrating that element during the Presidential Debates organized recently by the Institute of Economic Affairs? Which of them had the “pugilistic” public posturing? Was it President Mahama or he (Akufo-Addo) who behaved like a matador, gearing up to gore the political bull?

The air of belligerence that he rouses around himself is too thick to miss. How can he turn round to point accusing fingers at the good-natured, genial, and unassuming John Dramani Mahama?

There is every reason to conclude that Akufo-Addo can’t withstand pressure. He doesn’t have the natural bent for anything contrary to what he considers to be his by virtue of privilege or dynastic precedent (His father was a titular President in the 2nd Republic who has passed the baton on to him to be President “at all cost” in this 4th Republic—and that must be his entitlement to rabble-rouse for).

With this mentality goading all his politicking, he is more than desperate to realize his ambitions. Throwing caution to the wind, he is mustering all the venom he can to pour on his rivals, especially President Mahama.

If all goes well, he will soon come to realize the futility of such morbid ambitions. At almost 70 years—and with one foot almost close to the grave (after all the Bible says that God has given humanity only three score and ten years on earth), he will fare better if he hastens slowly.

He is just digging his own grave, daring Ghanaians to act against him if he fails to fulfill his extravagant promises. I have known one thing about Ghanaians—that they are quick to find fault and be relentlessly unforgiving. If for nothing at all, the late Kutu Acheampong made it clear that “Ghanaians are difficult people.” And he is right. They may also be accused of being ungrateful, which is why developing the country is taking so long.

Akufo-Addo may deceive himself that he is overflowing with patriotism or altruism to the extent of investing himself in what he is doing now. I wish the end will justify the means for him. Unfortunately, though, his wishes will not be horses for any beggar to ride.

Now that he has begun falling under the impact of a political platform, what else lies ahead of him? He alone may have the answer to the Biblical question: How are the mighty fallen?

As for me and my household, we have already rejected him. How about you?

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