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Opinion | Jan 13, 2018

Petty-Minded Asiedu-Nketia Needs to Get Over His Amidu Funk


You cannot devour “congratulations.” Neither can the mere utterance of “congratulations” add anything substantive to your intellectual and professional skills, if you don’t have any. So it is not clear what point Mr. Johnson Asiedu-Nketia is trying to make, when the career General-Secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) says that his party intends to behave niggardly with its doling out of goodwill to the man who once served as the running-mate of the late President John Evans Atta-Mills (See “NDC Will Never Congratulate Martin Amidu – Mosquito” 1/12/18).

That his statement is one that is borne out of pure malice is evinced by Mr. Asiedu-Nketia’s assertion that as the newly nominated Independent Special Prosecutor, Mr. Amidu, was not sworn to the blind protection of the blotchy or thoroughgoing corrupt track-record of the key operatives of the main opposition National Democratic Congress, General Mosquito, as Mr. Asiedu-Nketia is popularly known, says that he is especially miffed by the fact that the former Attorney-General and Justice Minister will be working as a “non-partisan” operative, and so it “would be awkward for the party to be congratulating him on his appointment.”

What the foregoing clearly implies is that by the lights of Mr. Asiedu-Nketia, the partisan interests of the National Democratic Congress and its executive operatives and general membership supersede those of the non-partisan and collective interests and destiny of the country at large. If this warped trend of reasoning does not constitute the height of treason, I don’t know what else is. Indeed, this trend of reasoning ought to instructively, and constructively, inform Ghanaians about the fact that they could not have made a better choice than they did in December 2016, when they massively and resoundingly voted the Mahama-led regime of the National Democratic Congress out of power.

And they would undoubtedly be the wiser to, once again, vote massively to ensure that self-serving party-machine operatives like Mr. Asiedu-Nketia remain in opposition come December 2020 and foreseeably beyond. The NDC’s General-Secretary also farcically implies that, somehow, the appointment of the Independent Special Prosecutor ought to have been done to humor political narcissists and moral reprobates like himself, with President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo leaning on the operatives of the National Democratic Congress for the latter’s recommendations on who best qualifies to be named or appointed Special Prosecutor.

No such demand could be at once more arrogant and preposterous. The obvious implication here, of course, is that, somehow, the leaders of the NDC have an inalienable entitlement to constituting the entirety of the executive membership of the Akufo-Addo Administration. Mr. Asiedu-Nketia also visibly appears to be fearful of the possibility of being judicially conflagrated by the newly nominated Special Prosecutor who, by virtue of his membership of the National Democratic Congress is, somehow, expected to doggedly pursue the “Atta-Mills Doctrine,” by recklessly and scandalously using the privileges of his office to shield party members and operatives from condign recompense or discipline.

It is, indeed, for this reason that Mr. Asiedu-Nketia makes his rather lily-livered pretense of daring his old party schoolmate – tongue-in-cheek, of course – to prove his longstanding allegations of corruption against Bui Dam scam-artists like himself or forever hold his proverbial peace.

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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
January 13, 2018
E-mail: [email protected]

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