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07.08.2020 Feature Article

Could It Be the Fallout from the Abacha Payola Package?

Could It Be the Fallout from the Abacha Payola Package?
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Any journalist of age may have seen and heard and written enough that is unflattering about Chairman Jerry John Rawlings to be stunned by any of the details about the crude and criminal revelations allegedly unearthed by Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi, in the latter’s memoir titled “Working With Rawlings” (See “Why Didn’t Prof. Naana Appreciate Repercussions of Endorsing Release of Ahwoi’s Book? – Baako Asks” / 8/5/20).

I have often said that this bizarre need to protect the former Flt-Lt Rawlings from his widely known perpetration of atrocities against the Ghanaian people, ought to be blamed on double-talking media fixtures like Mr. Kweku Baako, who recently had occasion to lambaste the Sogakope Generalissimo for having ordered the sexual torturing of Mr. Baako and other media operatives and political opponents of Ghana’s longest-reigning strongman for having wronged the latter.

And when Mr. Rawlings quickly shot back by questioning the integrity of his accuser, the famous son of the man who is widely credited with having coined the ideological term of “Nkrumaism,” threaten to reveal even more unflattering details about the man who has been called “a bully” by some of his political opponents and internal party detractors. So, it is rather ironic for the Editor-Publisher of the New Crusading Guide newspaper to wonder why the 2020 presidential election running-mate of former President John Dramani Mahama, that is, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, consented to write the Foreword to Prof. Ahwoi’s book.

Clearly, there is something disturbingly masochistic about Mr. Baako’s criticism of Candidate Opoku-Agyemang, which well appears to be grounded in the need for Naana Opoku-Agyemang to have anticipated the fact that she needed the public support of the Founding-Father of Ghana’s main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on the electioneering campaign trail, if the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast and Candidate Mahama, the man who selected her as his Election 2020 Presidential Running-Mate, are to have a fighting chance against President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia.

I do not intend to go out of my way to read “Working With Rawlings,” because I sincerely don’t think that Prof. Ahwoi, the man who was with Chairman Rawlings from the very beginning of the June 4th Uprising, and from the overthrow of the democratically elected Hilla “Babini” Limann-led People’s National Party (PNP), has anything either new or morally and intellectually refreshing to reveal about the man once nicknamed “Junior Jesus” by a local Ghanaian Roman Catholic clergyman. We also already know about the wickedly primitive punitive ritual that became widely known as the “Identification Haircut,” to be worried silly about whether Mr. Rawlings once attempted to literally bust the gonads or testicles of one of his associates.

Personally, I believe that the clearly vengeful desire to searingly expose the dark side of the nation-wrecking career coup-plotting former Flight-Lieutenant of the Ghana Airforce was hatched the very day that Chairman Rawlings let on to a wily and an astute Nigerian journalist that contrary to his two-decade old denial of having scammed the late Gen. Sani Abacha of some $ 5 Million (USD) in crispy currency notes, Chairman Rawlings had actually cadged the aforesaid payola largesse and divvied up the same equally with the Ahwoi Brothers at the Osu Castle. I have also read Naana Opoku-Agyemang’s Foreword to “Working With Rawlings” and will take up or conduct a brief analysis of the same in due course.

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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD

English Department, SUNY-Nassau

Garden City, New York

August 6, 2020

E-mail: [email protected]

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