I have observed with intense consternation, the attempt by Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo to turn the Daily Graphic into nothing but a garbage-spewing propaganda outlet for his on-the-way-out NPP.
I would not have butted an eyelid if Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo inherited the Daily Graphic from a dead relative of his and was using it to trumpet and champion the course of his NPP.
I have gotten my antennae up (and rightly so) because the Daily Graphic neither belongs to Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo nor his NPP, and it is important that some of the unacceptable things that the Daily Graphic is being used for, are brought to the fore for Ghanaians to begin to ask Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo to either get his act together, or go and seek a job in the national office of the NPP as the party's Propaganda Secretary.
Indeed, if you look on the extreme right of the masthead of every edition of the Daily Graphic, the words “GHANA'S BIGGEST SELLING NEWSPAPER SINCE 1950”, are written in caps, and I do not believe that in 1950, Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo was even an embryo, let alone a living being.
In other words, Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo, was nowhere near human existence when the Daily Graphic started circulation and so must get it into his head that the Daily Graphic was not set up by him nor was it set up for him.
In the Monday, April 9, 2007, edition of the Daily Graphic, Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo chose to use the editorial column of the paper to write thrash.
Yes, that editorial was nothing but trash.
In the said editorial captioned “A TASK FOR GJA”, Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo sought to create the impression that journalists have gone haywire in this country and so the GJA must quickly act in order to rein in its wayward members.
Of course some journalists like Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo have gone haywire in their selfish and immoral attempt to protect their stomachs but unfortunately, that was not the thrust of the editorial.
Ayeboafo was asking the GJA to be up and doing because some journalists are supposedly abusing the “freedom” they have, to ask questions at press conferences.
According to Ayeboafo, sometime ago in this country, it was impossible for journalists to ask questions at press conferences and so if today, and thanks to the “divine intervention” of the NPP, journalists can ask questions at press conferences, the journalists should make sure that they don't abuse the opportunity that has been given to them by the NPP.
Between 1992 and now, what freedom is it that journalists are enjoying today that they have never enjoyed before?
Who in this country does not know that it was the repeal of the Newspaper Licensing Law in 1993, as well as the liberalization of the airwaves by the NDC government, that held the hand of the NPP and led it to the Castle?
So what the heck is Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo talking about?
Obviously, Ayeboafo could not take the bashing that his government got from some committed journalists at that hurriedly put together press conference by the Energy Minister to insultingly react to Prof Mills's cogent analysis of the incapacitating energy crisis, hence that needless editorial to try and paint a picture of gloom and doom as far as asking questions at press conferences is concerned.
If Ayeboafo, because he listens to the noise that his stomach makes, and not what his brains tell him, and so will not ask the hard questions, what is his beef with some journalists who are prepared to ask the relevant questions no matter how bitter they may taste?
According to Ayeboafo, “There are times when ignorance, biases, prejudices and emotions of journalists so cloud their questions that the public feels justifiably disappointed.” “Justifiably disappointed” indeed!
Where “ignorance, prejudices and emotions” mean what?
Does Ayeboafo know the number of times that his ignorance, prejudices and emotions have made him put out very unacceptable stories in the Daily Graphic to the disappointment of lots of Ghanaians?
When Ayeboafo used the Daily Graphic to tell lies that the NPP had won the Nkoranza North bye-elections by over 12,000 votes with 7 more polling stations to count, does Ayeboafo know how disappointed lots of Ghanaians were, because he published a lie?
We all know that the EC declared the NPP as the winner in that bye-election by a little over 10,000 votes so where did Ayeboafo get the 12,000+ figure from?
When Ayeboafo used the Daily Graphic to lie that Yaw Osarfo Marfo had been voted as the World's best Finance Minister, does Ayeboafo know the number of Ghanaians who were disappointed in that lie that was peddled as truth?
When Ayeboafo used the Daily Graphic to tell lies that Busia was the one who seconded the Motion for Destiny when indeed the facts run contrary to what was put out, does he know the number of Ghanaians who were disappointed?
So when Ayeboafo is talking about journalists disappointing the public because they allow their ignorance, prejudices and emotions to cloud their judgment, does he know the number of times his extreme ignorance, unforgivable prejudices and skewed emotions, have led to him churning out stories that have disappointed the ordinary and suffering Ghanaian?
For some time, Ayeboafo kept using the front page of the Daily Graphic to remind us that the price of crude oil on the world market was going up in order to justify the increase in petroleum prices but the selfsame righteous (?) man did not use the front page of the Daily Graphic to remind his failed NPP government that the water level in the Akosombo Dam was reaching unacceptable levels for which reason VALCO should be taken off the grid.
I am indeed very livid at Ayeboafo's attempt to censor the media in order to protect the image of his failed NPP.
And with the President of the GJA, Ransford Tetteh, on the payroll of the Graphic, who says that Ayeboafo may not be using his editorial as a way of getting Ransford Tetteh to start using his position to do the kinds of things that Gifty Afenyi Dadzie was doing when she was in charge of the Association?
Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo and those who think like him must get one thing very clear; Ghanaians are sick and tired of the lies, gross ineptitude, deception, charlatanic agenda, and massive corruption that have become the flags that the NPP is flying.
This “light off” matter is not something that is amusing any longer and if some journalists are no longer interested in the government's tales, and are asking the hard questions, they should be left alone to do what is right by their conscience.
If Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo wants to continue to sing the praises of the NPP in the darkness, he should please do it with his family and friends and leave the journalists who are not enjoying the way he is, to ask the questions that are supposedly disappointing to the public.
Besides, who tells Ayeboafo that the public are not in love with the so-called disappointing questions?
Indeed, with his kind of mindset, I am very happy that Yaw Owusu Addo and co made sure that they exposed the backdoor antics that Ayeboafo was attempting to use to become the President of the GJA.
In short, we thank God that it is not Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo who is the President of the GJA because only the same God knows what the man would have turned the Association into.
And to those young journalists who have decided to serve their God and country and not their stomachs, I salute them and assure them that one fine day, their fortitude would be rewarded right here on earth before we all depart to the would beyond.
GJA certainly has a task as Ayeboafo put it. But that task, is to correct the mindset of people like Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo, and not to teach journalists how to sing the praise of useless and visionless politicians.