When she acerbically excoriates Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for allegedly telling off the Paramount Chief of Aflao, Ms. Dzifa Gomashie, the thoroughgoing corrupt John “European Airbus Payola” Dramani Mahama sometime cabinet operative and minion conveniently forgets that inexcusably blasphemous moment when the Gonja petty chieftain stood directly in front of His Royal Majesty, The Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori-Panyin, II, thumbing his nose and disdainfully declaring the ancient Okyeman capital of Kyebi as “The Galamsey Capital of Ghana.” I bet Ms. Gomashie considered the Mahama snide to have been the most glowing tribute ever to have been paid The Okyenhene or any major Ghanaian monarch, for that matter, by any National Democratic Congress-sponsored sitting President of the Sovereign Democratic Republic of Ghana (See “Akufo-Addo’s Response to Aflao Chief Was in Bad Taste – Dzifa Gomashie” Modernghana.com 10/22/21).
You see, what is inexcusably distasteful is this weird notion that, somehow, the over one-half million Ghanaian voters who picked Candidate Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over Candidate John Dramani Mahama in the 2020 Presidential Election, expected Ghana’s former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice and, prior to the latter cabinet portfolio, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to spend the next four years picking after a grossly incompetent and, in the immortalized words of the late President Jeremiah John Rawlings, the acclaimed Founding-Father of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the most thievish postcolonial Ghanaian leader. Instead, what misguided traditional rulers like Torgbui Adzongaga Amenya Fiti, V, ought to be doing is to be soberly taking stock of their immitigably depraved and selfish contribution to the wanton regression of Ghana’s socioeconomic development by blindly and irresponsibly and perennially supporting the wrong politicians and political party to manage the affairs of our beloved nation.
And for the enlightenment of career political charlatans and kleptocrats like Ms. Gomashie (I am actually thinking about Ms. Dzifa Attivor, I just realized, though these two shameless NDC women operatives are inescapably birds of the same feathers), Torgbui Amenya Fiti got precisely the response that he deserved from President Akufo-Addo. The fact of the matter is that the overwhelming majority of the so-called Mahama E-blocks, largely shlocky political propaganda and electioneering campaign projects, were left uncompleted because, like the Saglemi Housing Estate eyesore, Kwame Gonja and his cabinet appointees pocketed the bulk of the money budgeted for these projects. What Nana Akufo-Addo really meant, when the President asked a gratuitously and vacuously frustrated Torgbui Amenya Fiti to complete the Mahama-abandoned E-block projects, was that the man who initiated these projects clearly and obviously had not intended to complete the same, else he would have also left some money to be used to complete them.
The self-infatuated Akufo-Addo critic, who is about the same age as yours truly, ought to fully know by now that the political choices that our traditional rulers make do have consequences. You see, you cannot simply eat your Akple and expect to have the entire damn thing sumptuously covered over with Keta-School-Boys-filled okra stew the next morning. Real life does not work this way. And precisely just what was or amiss with Nana Akufo-Addo reminding the Aflao chief this much? It is also unnecessary for us to get into the issue of whether Nana Akufo-Addo would have spoken to The Asantehene or The Okyenhene the way the President reportedly spoke to the Aflao Chief. The Akufo-Addo critic may also have so scandalously soon and conveniently forgotten this so we need to jog her memory a little bit by reminding Daavi Gomashie that it was the late President Rawlings, at the time Chairman Jerry John Rawlings, and not Nana Akufo-Addo, who, in 1982, told the chiefs and people of Winneba – aka The Windy Bay – that they were damn too stupid not to realize that the continuous celebration of the Aboakyir Festival was fast depleting the Winneba Forest of its deer population; and that it was about time the chiefs and people of Winneba wisely and constructively found other more environmentally protective and progressive means of celebrating their Aboakyir Festival.
Now, isn’t it well nigh time for politically and intellectually blind and fanatical Anlo-Ewe chiefs like Torgbui Amenyo Fiti to stop behaving as if constantly, consistently, persistently and unwisely voting for the leaders of the most unenlightened, thievish and politically regressive faux-socialist party in Fourth-Republican Ghana was in their best interest and that of their own people as well?
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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
October 23, 2021
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