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17.10.2004 Feature Article

Who killed Ya-Naa?

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"GSDM will never be satisfied as long as the Ghanaian remains a victim of Injustice". "I have often been accused of pursuing a `policy of the impossible`. But I cannot believe in the impossibility of demanding freedom and justice any more than I could ever have thought of the impossibility of attaining Justice in Ghana". Prince Aidoo. Fellow countrymen, I know that the more I talk, the more people will accuse me of pursuing a `policy of the impossible`. Why not, because my ways are not their ways neither are my thoughts their thoughts. They accuse me as a preacher for not preaching "Everlasting Life" and "Prosperity" to poor people and make a living as my compatriots do. Instead, they say I am rather interested in preaching the "TRUTH"

Perhaps they might be right in advising me to overlook the suffering of the people who are still under political bondage and be mindful of my business as a preacher. Perhaps my accusers might be right because in the society where I was unfortunately born, the word "Truth" is an abomination in our culture and anyone who talks about the "Truth" should be charged with "Treason" and be punished. Fellow country men I leave this to your judgment.

Today, we have all seen the consequences when leaders misinformed, mislead and lie to their unsuspecting citizens. Since our motherland attained her Independence some 50 years ago, learned sons of the then Gold Coast now called Ghana after Independence promulgated a "National Constitution" with the aim of using it as an instrument to protect its citizens at all cost. In this Constitution, they even swore in the name of the Almighty God that they would defend and protect their citizens. I hope that God was aware of these blasphemous promises. Perhaps God is prepared to bless such liars and wicked leaders who have no compassion for the people they rule in his name. Fellow countrymen, for you to understand what I am talking about, kindly let me refer you to some of these fantastic promises written in our so-called "Constitution of Ghana". In one part it states: "IN CHAPTER ONE; ARTICLE 3; Clause 3 to 7"

First, in Clause 3: Any person who (a) by himself or in concert with others by any violent or other unlawful means, suspends or overthrows or abrogates the Constitution or any part of it, or attempts to do any such act; or (b) aids and abets in any manner any person referred to in paragraph (a) of this clause; commits the offense of High Treason and shall, upon conviction be sentenced to suffer death.

The question here is: What happened to those who´s offenses can be attributed to High Treason, example in the case of Kotoka? Here is a man who was supposed to be charged with Treason, but instead of punishment as the Constitution of states, he is rather honoured by naming him after our Airport his fingers never touched. Is that what we call "Justice"?

Second, in Clause 4: All citizens of Ghana shall have the right and duty at all times; (a) to defend this Constitution, and in particular, to resist any person or group of persons seeking to commit any acts referred to in Clause (3) of this article; and (b) to do all in their power to restore this Constitution after it has been suspended, overthrown, or abrogated as referred to in clause (3) or this article.

Clause 5: Any person or group of person who suppresses or resists the suspension, overthrow or abrogation of this Constitution as referred to in clause (3) of this article, commits no offense.

Clause 6: Where a person referred to in clause (5) of this article is punished for any act done under that clause, the punishment shall, on the restoration of this Constitution, be taken to be void from the time it was imposed and he shall, from that time, be taken to be absolved from all liabilities arising out of the punishment.

Clause 7: The Supreme Court shall, on application by or on behalf of a person who has suffered any punishment or loss to which clause (6) of this article relates, award him adequate compensation, which shall be charged on the Consolidated Fund, in respect of any suffering or loss incurred as a result of the punishment. End of quotation.

One will perhaps asked what happened to people like Arthur and Yeboah and all those who tried to defend the Constitution of Ghana? Could our Constitution protect them or honour them at all cost? Since our independence we´ve all witnessed our fellow citizens, neighbours, sons and daughters and parents being brutalized, killed. Some were said to have vanished, women were killed for sacrifice etc. Yet we say we have a "Constitution of Ghana" drawn to protect our nationals. Is this Constitution really protecting its nationals? We all are aware of how may senior army generals, judges and civilians were murdered under the leadership of Rawlings. Has he been brought to Justice? We all heard about the sad killings of 38 women and yet despite our so-called security agencies we have at our disposal, no one is able to tell us who committed these gruesome murders.

It is now clear that another "Heinous crime" has been committed in Yendi. A paramount Chief was savagely murdered in front of his people. His severed head was then lifted high for everybody to see. The President who described the murder of the King of Dagbon as a "Heinous crime" cannot tell us what happened in Yendi. And this is the scenario the president and the people of Ghana wants us to believe unfolded on the day of the gruesome assassination that there were no human beings living in Yendi. Yendi was perhaps invaded by foreign missionaries. Perhaps these criminals descended from heaven as invisible beings, no one could identify them and that Ya-Naa had no relatives staying with him. There were no police nor security personnel around when this heinous crime was committed.

Today, our constitution which is supposed to protect every citizen cannot be enforced to bring the perpetrators of the grisly murder of Ya-Na to justice. And the citizens of the whole Northern region are tight-lipped. They are all afraid to come forward and help the security agencies collar the murderers. They prefer pointing fingers at others for their own woes. Their reasons for their silence is only known to God and his security forces in Ghana.

Government officials who have sworn to protect all of us are not talking. The President, his Vice, Aliu Mahama and their whole security apparatus are tight-lipped. Even Rawlings who claims to know those who were the architects of this heinous crime is also tight-lipped because he is lying. This is the same Rawlings who claimed that he knows the architects behind the killing of those 38 women although he was the president at the time of the killings and yet could not prove his case by mentioning any name. Another liar.

In later developments pertaining to the murder this is what we learned that before the murder of Ya-Naa, his security detailed police officers assigned to protect him inexplicably turned against him and later accused the murdered king of refusing state protection. This accusation was cruelly collaborated somewhere by a very senior minister when he implied that the Ya-Naa was killed because he "depended on his own guns" instead of the state.

Fellow countrymen, if this statement is true, then the question here is: Did Ya-Naa kill himself with his own gun? Fellow countrymen, I wonder why people continue accusing me for ´pursuing the impossible´ whenever I ask such sensitive and painful questions?. Wouldn´t it be useful for me to preach "Everlasting life" instead of preaching nothing but the truth which is an abomination to the people?. Fellow countrymen, how safe is our country under the leadership of these criminals and political liars? Is our so-called "Constitution of Ghana" really written to protect our nationals or it was written for the "CATS"? I will leave this to your judgment by asking again: "Who on earth killed Ya Naa?" I hope we will live long enough to have an answer to this question.

Fellow countrymen, our struggle against "Injustice" in Ghana is about to begin. We shall never be satisfied until the present government and its security apparatus search for those perpetrators and bring them to justice if justice is to prevail. There will be a "New wind blowing" in Ghana the day the Ghana Social Democratic Movement sets its feet on Ghanaian soil. We the youth in the Diaspora will not sit down unconcerned for liars and wicked politicians to take our country for a ride. Our leadership will prove to our most senior and wicked political leaders that: "They can fool some people sometime, but they can never fool the people all the time." Those wicked leaders will run away and leave their sandals behind without anyone chasing them. We will smoke them out of their hiding holes not without stones nor weapons, but with the fire of "Truth." Stay with us, and the youth will finish the job. God bless Ghana. God bless you all. Prince Aidoo Junior Ghana Social Democratic Movement. Views expressed by the author(s) do not necessarily reflect those of GhanaHomePage.

Prince Junior Aidoo
Prince Junior Aidoo, © 2004

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