A Tale Of Nine Graves
8/14/2012 2:32:01 PM -
Whatever it is about the relationship between the government and nine graves can only be left to conjecture. When the debate over where to bury the late president raged and it seemed at a point that the much detested Flagstaff House location was the place, nine graves were dug.
The president, who is imbued with the power to take the final decision as to where to lay the remains of the late president, used his fiat and asked that the current place be the spot.
Here too, amazingly, nine graves were dug, leaving Ghanaians to pose questions about the obsession of the establishment with nine graves that had been replicated at the new presidential cemetery, as it were.
With no explanation forthcoming, Ghanaians can only manage with conjectures, most of them esoteric and weird.
For those who thought that the nine graves were meant for nine former presidents, they reversed their conjectures when further analysis showed that the living former presidents do not match the number nine.
In any case, the towering of the late president's grave over the yet-to-be-filled ones reminds us about how Pharaohs' tombs overshadowed their subjects who had to accompany them to the hereafter to continue their service to them.
Perhaps, in the case of the Ghanaian situation, the late President Mills is being accorded the status of the greatest president in the history of Ghana, so it seems.
We have witnessed an exaggeration of the person of the deceased in a manner which prompts questions about the veracity of the accolades.
Much as we do not consider the late president a bad man, his governance style left much to be desired and that was the basis of the criticisms against him.
The propaganda-tainted tributes which seek to play Jesus Christ are becoming sacrilegious and not good for the spirit of the departed gentleman.
Such artistic manouvres depicting riding on cumulous clouds on his way to heaven are too puerile to be digested in a sophisticated world ruled by the social media.
Let us be careful how we manage these things; concentrating rather on praying for the soul of the late president so that his iniquities, while he was on earth, would be forgiven since after all, none of us is sin-free, would be the best thing to do.
Have we not learnt any lesson from the messy propaganda we spread from the time the late president sought the presidency to the time that he entered the highest office of the land until he passed away?
We seem to be continuing with the propaganda, something we should avoid as the late president is no more and would need prayers from us the living, not smelly propaganda.
The lifting of the hand to heaven and uttering spiritual words are beginning to take worrying dimensions. Let us have the wounds inflicted upon us by the state-organised lies about the late president's illness and not this hypocrisy.