My persistent advice to His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s NPP-led government not to needlessly or criminally interfere in the ongoing Kumawu chieftaincy dispute is not borne out of malice. It is out of good faith and for the avoidance of God’s wrath upon the party should they indulge in same corrupt practices; abusing the rights of the poor and the needy as done by the NDC government of former President John Dramani Mahama that I keep repeating the admonition. The consequences of the wrath will be dire should they obstinately continue to relish in their selfish pursuits as far as the Kumawu chieftaincy dispute is concerned.
In the bible, there were instances where the prophets persistently warned people and the Israelites against commission of certain abominable acts frowned upon by God and entreated them to repent from such evil ways. When they failed to discontinue with such practices, the wrath of God usually descended upon them same as they were foretold by the prophets.
Certain NPP Ministers and supposedly party gurus for what they hope to gain as selfish and insatiably greedy as they are, have involved themselves in the Kumawu chieftaincy case in support of the wrong party that will allow them to have whatever they ask for. Should they not refrain from their dubious actions, God will not punish only them but also, the entire party according to a revelation. God is truthful to His words and revelations. Yes, God reveals to redeem but only on condition that you abide by the conditions or instructions that come with the revelation.
It is my hope that His Excellency the President will warn his Ministers and appointees to steer clear of the Kumawu chieftaincy dispute in case they will not be able to tell the truth but lies, and with intent to accomplish their secret criminal agenda. Anyone who loves NPP and the people of Ghana and craves for the prevalence of truth, the rule of law and human rights, should please make it their duty to get this message across to the leaders of the NPP before it becomes “had I known” to all of us.
Ghanaians did not vote for NPP to see them secretly engage in some forms of corruption not easily detected by the public. To abuse your power if you are in a position of responsibility is corruption. This is much the same as the Ghanaian understanding of corruption where one embezzles State funds and assets.
Coming back to the topic, where is the solidarity among the Kumawuman subjects? Why have we allowed the apathy within us to ruin our towns and villages within the Kumawu traditional area? Why can’t we rally around a common noble and honest cause that will appease God to culminate in the development of our area to better the living standards of our people?
Many years ago, somewhere in the mid 1970s when the late Kumawuhene Barima Asumadu Sakyi II was taken on by the Kumawu “Ya te asem” group of dedicated rich, poor, young and old persons, for embezzling funds, many were the rich persons that died. It was alleged that he was using juju to kill them but little did we know that the poisonous bile of crocodile was probably in application. How could our rich men and women, those with wherewithal to develop the area be exterminated in such cruel circumstances if the allegations were true?
Now, the same greedy and wicked persons headed by Kumawuhemaa and Dr Yaw Sarfo are taking on another rich son of the Kumawu soil. I have been hearing on air and reading from my WhatsApp page how Dr Kwabena Duffour has been tackled by the named persons with intent not only to denigrate him but also, to render him poor owing to their false perception about him. For how long are we going to sit down doing nothing while a clique of the wicked Ankaase royals collude with Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to take the subjects for a rough ride?
Yesterday, it was the Ananangya and the Odumase royals that were being cheated and robbed of their royal birth-right. Today, it is Dr Kwabena Duffour being disgraced on air, in the newspapers and on social media. Tomorrow, whose turn will it be? It could be you. It could be me. Are we going to sit down without solidarizing but to allow these greedy bastards to take us down one by one?
I know God will bring these greedy and wicked individuals down to their knees within the shortest possible time despite the fact that they have certain equally greedy bastards in government behind them.
I quite remember telling friends when having political discourses on the Arab Spring when it first started that without the Arab countries uniting, they will be taken down one by one, and one after the other. When a country was attacked for whatever reason, the others sat by and watched. When that country or President was dealt with, they went after another one. In that manner, the Arab countries are being destroyed beyond recognition. Those who think they are the friends of those destroying such countries will be attacked after they have no more enemy countries to attack. I am not here to argue about the morality or otherwise of those perpetuating the destruction of the Arab countries. I am only trying to emphasize how in unity lies strength and that if they had united behind their colleague being attacked; their countries would not have been visited with such extensive destruction as we all bear witness to today. Similarly, if Kumawuman subjects do not cease their apathy to rather rally behind the innocent persons being maltreated because they are poor or have good heart, we shall all suffer the consequences some years to come.
Is my argument not supported by Martin Niemöller (1892–1984), a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps?
He said, and I quote, “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me”.
The British Prime Minster Winston Churchill said, “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”. I hope we were optimists in this sense with regard to the unfolding events in Kumawuman. Like John the Baptist, I am crying in the wilderness in an attempt to sound the clarion call for unity to fight the oppressors and to warn the enemies that God will not tarry to deal with them ruthlessly.
I rest my case. Rockson Adofo
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