When Major (Ret.) Boakye-Djan says that the Akufo-Addo-led government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is facing a “credibility deficit,” vis-à-vis the successful implementation of the fee-free Senior High School education promised by President Addo DankwaAkufo-Addo in the lead-up to the 2016 general election, the Rawlings second-bananas ought to first be looking at the proverbial man in the mirror (See “NPP Government Facing ‘Credibility Deficit’ – Boakye-Djan” Kasapafmonline.com / Ghanaweb.com 9/7/17).
The fact of the matter is that the Akufo-Addo Administration is the most credible in the history of Ghana’s Fourth-Republican dispensation, followed by the equally pace-setting government of former President Agyekum-Kufuor.
I am here, of course, referring to the quadrupling of the economic capacity and heft of the country under Mr. Kufuor’s tenure; but even more significantly, the introduction of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), which cynical National Democratic Congress’ leaders like Messrs. John Evans Atta-Mills, late, and John Dramani Mahama swore Heaven and Hell was impossible to implement. And we are supposed to envisage these NDC leaders as “Social Democrats” who care more about the lot of the poor and average Ghanaian worker than the leaders of the property-owning right-of-center (whatever that means) New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Major Boakye-Djan, he now vaingloriously styles himself as an “Osahene,” a Chief-Warrior, although the only known war in which he ever fought was the Rawlings-led War Against Makola Women Traders. He also claims to have been Head of Government and Official Spokesperson for the gang of the bloodiest military putschists in the country’s postcolonial history, namely, the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC); but those of us who were alive and old enough to have witnessed and experienced the wantonly predatory activities of the AFRC junta know that this clinical cretin and pathological idiot is only lying through his teeth. The fact of the matter is that then-Captain Boakye-Djan – he would bully his way up a notch from Captain to Major, though he claims to have been awaiting the results of his promotion exams when the AFRC struck – could never have been “Head of Government,” when the Supreme Commander and substantive Head of the Republic of Ghana was Chairman Jerry John Rawlings.
You see, the Trokosi Nationalists must have appreciated something about the vanity and congenital canine stupidity of the man, thus their quick-witted decision to throw at him the political equivalent of dog-bone while they effectively cannibalized the prime sirloin of political power. Nearly four decades on, the man is still clowning around like the eternal buffoon that he shall forever remain.
As the perennial maxim goes, half a loaf is far, far better than none. Even if President Akufo-Addo is able to provide a fee-free Senior High School education to only half of the eligible number of students in the system, he would have achieved far more than all his predecessors combined. It is also significant to observe that Nana Akufo-Addo is, to-date, the only Ghanaian president who was not mentored by a thoroughgoing corrupt Chairman Jerry John Rawlings, although his bizarre overtures towards the man who has vilified him publicly more than any other Ghanaian have puzzled me quite a bit. They have given me the creeps, as it were.
Major Boakye-Djan, who claims to be a bona fide front-row member of the main opposition National Democratic Congress, says that Ghana’s 1992 Republican Constitution “stipulates that elementary, middle and high school education should be free and compulsory,” but he does not tell Ghanaians why his former boss, Chairman Rawlings, and the two other NDC-sponsored Fourth-Republican Ghanaian presidents, namely, Messrs. John Evans Atta-Mills, late, and John Dramani Mahama, failed to provide Ghanaian high school students with a fee-free education. We must also bear in mind that it is the same President Akufo-Addo, whose credibility is being brutally impugned by Major Boakye-Djan, who has had to fund the effectively bankrupted National Health Insurance Scheme that was left behind by the Mahama/Amissah-Arthur regime.
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