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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
November 5, 2016
E-mail: okoampaahoofe - at - optimum.net

It is an unquestionable reflection of the questionable character of a leader who has absolutely no remarkable sense of decorum, for President John Dramani Mahama to hold a rally in Suhum, where I briefly schooled while growing up in the 1960s, 
and the courtyard of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), and outrageously accuse Ghana’s former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of being so pathologically inclined towards dictatorial tendencies that should he be elected President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo would likely destool chiefs who criticize his job performance and policies 
(See “Is Mahama Ignorant of the Law? No President Can Destool Chiefs – Akufo-Addo” Modernghana. com 11/3/16).
Maybe the “Ganger Boy” needs to carefully look at the man in the mirror, vis-à-vis his unquestionably egregious treatment of chiefs and people of areas and municipalities and districts of the country widely known to ideologically tilt towards the New Patriotic Party. For it is quite obvious that either the current President of our Republic is abjectly ignorant of the 1992 Republican Constitution and the fundamental laws of the land, as Nana Akufo-Addo critically observes, or Mr. Mahama has conveniently forgotten the neocolonialist Nkrumaist tradition from whence he hails, and which he fanatically and unconscionably celebrates annually as his model of democratic governance. 

Needless to say, rather than deviously seek to revise the real postcolonial history of Ghana, most especially the history pertaining to the turbulent era of the Nkrumah-led Convention People’s Party (CPP) that regressively caused the near-thorough destruction of the chieftaincy establishment and, by logical extension, Akan Culture in particular, the Gonja petty chieftain ought to take stock of the inexcusable depravity of the Nkrumah regime, of which his own father, Mr. Emmanuel Adama Mahama (or some such name), was a key player and thoroughly rethink his scandalous attitude towards Ghanaian culture and our national development at large.

Needless to say, it reeks of nothing short of blasphemy for a leader who only recently warned Ghanaians against making any negative remarks about his lackluster performance as the country’s chief administrator, on the inescapably imperious grounds that the very people who elected him had absolutely no presidential or governance experience to qualify them to presume to evaluate the same, to so intemperately accuse his main political opponent of being afflicted with dictatorial tendencies. And on the latter score, it is also significant to recall the fact that this is not the very first or second time that the Bole-Bamboi native has stood on Akan soils to rain insults and abuse on both legitimately invested Akan traditional rulers and their subjects who, incontrovertibly, constitute the single most important ethnic and cultural unit of the Ghanaian populace and electorate.

For instance, not long ago, President Mahama stood in the most significant Akan royal capital of Kumasi and cavalierly insulted the intelligence and collective sub-national character of ethnic Asantes. Back then, Mr. Mahama also presumptuously claimed that so flagrantly ungrateful were Asantes that even if he were to pave all the streets and highways of the country’s most populous region with gold, Asantes would still not reciprocate such a magnanimous gesture by voting overwhelmingly to retain his National Democratic Congress (NDC) regime in office. Then Mr. Mahama also stood in front of His Royal Majesty, The Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori-Panyin, II, and callously taunted the indigenes and residents of Kyebi, the traditional capital of Okyeman, for being the headquarters of the criminally predatory and NDC-sponsored wantonly destructive activities of Galamsey, or illegal mining.

Not surprisingly, this National Democratic Congress’ government has yet to design and implement any comprehensive program aimed at reversing the Akan or non-northern equivalent of desertification. Where is our SADA? Indeed, even as Ms. Otiko Djaba, the National Women’s Organizer of the New Patriotic Party and cousin of President Mahama, recently observed, Little Dramani is so clinically, and/or innately, bereft of any remarkable modicum of conscience that he simply cannot help inexorably and incessantly creating confusion and mayhem all over the land. 

Which is why it was very refreshing to hear Nana Akufo-Addo charitably enlighten his main political opponent about the indisputable fact that it was his own father, the Oxbridge-educated then-Chief Justice of Ghana, Mr. Edward Akufo-Addo, a man who suffered the brunt of Nkrumah’s globally notorious dictatorial tendencies, who personally oversaw the glorious institutionalization of the constitutional inviolability of chieftaincy in the country. Will Mr. Mahama call Nana Akufo-Addo arrogant for bluntly and fearlessly telling the truth?

It is also quite clear that President Mahama, a much-touted historian, knows little to absolutely nothing about the canonical history of chieftaincy in postcolonial Ghana. If he did, the “Ganger Boy” would have readily recognized Nana Akufo-Addo as a bona fide member of a family whose patriarchs suffered Nkrumah’s execrable degradation of the chieftaincy establishment more than any other reputable major Ghanaian royal family.

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PAULINE A BADGER BSc(Hons) MSc, Med. Sci, Pg, Dip, Psych, Cert Pg, EHSM
08/11/2016 07:19

Interesting analysis from a doctor of letters who I applaud for using the English language in a none American way. I read history and read crime and read medicine because I am able to 'compare, contrast and evaluate' and 'critically assess' the outcomes with evidence in ecological validity mindful of sustainable development.

What is going on in US as he same situation of greed and big man syndrome is Trumpism, a man who sells real estate who is not a Kennedy, not Irish, and is holding armour up against a former President's wife who was First Lady, yes President Bill Clinton, and one who does have a Foundation as does Bill Gates on aid to Africa.

This downright right to shout the loudest is like men in line in a urinal, some will follow the drips.

I know of an politician in Asylum Downs in office who has a range of cars Saudi Arabian Prince's have and he has power, white women and fine wines. He has light when Ghana is dark, and we supply water and aid while the current government dines on our Western cuisine. I am ex armed forces so I know from experience to lead people is not by having the wealth or biggest mouth, it is by proven leadership and integrated cohesion, not by subdivision which begat factions of unrest.

I am feeling academic enough and concerned enough to concur with the author on the delivery of information even to me in the West.

Soon the world will not have a Kennedy or a Reagan as film star quality and knowledge, but one of if Trump gets in massive greed in land grabbing. We do not tolerate his buffoonery in Scotland on his golf course. He is a laughing stock and we know a peacock male shows it's feathers to bed a female hen. Trump shows his feathers as a mass of hot air so that all men feel he might shed a bit of his vast wealth in contracts on them. See youtube for 'Million dollar listing' and type in Trump. Just watch as a mere estate agent goes up to him and he regally dismisses him in Trump Towers with his silicon breasted new wife, perhaps a First Lady.


And then conside the style of oratory delivery present. How many MP's and government ministers are ordering sports cars for when the current President gets in again?. You do not recreate storming a castle in antiquity for those inside it will resist and not be drips of water. Lesson 1. Compare, contrast and evaluate who will bring technology to Ghana and in some small way make it like Singapore as an example?

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