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True, Mahama Is Just Like Gregory Afoko

True, Mahama Is Just Like Gregory Afoko
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He was President of Ghana when Mr. JB Danquah-Adu, the then New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Akyem-Abuakwa-North Constituency, was savagely stabbed to death in his own bedroom, in what was then described by police investigators as a contract assassination, and did absolutely nothing about the same. Actually, what the then President John Dramani Mahama did was to quickly circle the proverbial wagons by quickly having the Chief Investigator, Dr. George Akuffo-Dampare, at the time the Greater-Accra Regional Police Commander of the Ghana Police Service, removed from the case and promptly demoted to the status of Rector at the Winneba Police Training Depot, in the Central Region, as soon as Dr. Dampare had rounded up the criminal suspects.

But now, following the rescinding of a bail bond granted earlier on to the prime suspect in the cold-blooded assassination of Mr. Adams Mahama, then Chairman of the Upper-East’s Regional Branch of the then main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), to wit, Mr. Gregory Afoko, the now-Candidate John Dramani Mahama would have Ghanaian voters believe that he is the most law-abiding of all the five presidents who have occupied the highest seat of government in Ghana’s Fourth Republic. Could have fooled us, my Dear Readers! Wonders of wonders; now, Mr. Mahama is calling on the nation’s clergy and our chiefs to pressure Attorney-General Gloria Akuffo to accede to the rather scandalous bail bond that had earlier on been granted this most undeserving and high risk criminal prime suspect, on the at once bizarre and mischievous grounds that Mr. Gregory Afoko is just as socially harmless and innocent like the rest of us Ghanaian citizenry (See “Clergy, Traditional Rulers Must Condemn Afoko’s Bail Denial – Mahama” / 8/20/19).

But, of course, we all know that this is a great lie because even long before he was arrested and lawfully put into police custody for the brutal, premeditated acid-pouring assassination of Mr. Adams Mahama, Mr. Gregory Afoko, whose elder brother, Mr. Paul Afoko, at the time the National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, had abortively attempted to cop an alibi for the prime suspect, had already been convicted on felony charges and served time in the slammer. Now, we all need to ask ourselves: How many of us, Ghanaian citizens, have this sort of morally abominable and patently unenviable criminal record, other than Mr. Mahama, himself, who easily got away with his criminal abuse of the name and reputation of the Ghanaian people in the Ford Expedition Bribery Scandal that became widely known as The Affair Kanazoe or the Mahama-Kanazoe Caper?

It is also not the least bit surprising that the former President would look straight into the eyes of Mr. Gregory Afoko and literally see his own image, like a mirror, in both the eyes and person of this most horrible of prime murder suspects. The fact of the matter is that Mr. Mahama may very well himself be a criminal suspect who never got charged or indicted and arraigned before a legitimately constituted court of law, for the likely major part that he may very well have played in the “mysterious” circumstances leading up to the very suspicious death of then President John Evans Atta-Mills, on July 24, 2012 or thereabouts. Yes, in case the Dear Reader is thinking the same thought that I am thinking; we need to be scared stiff for ourselves and about the vigorous attempts being made by the man who never mustered either the courage or the requisite honesty to tell Ghanaians precisely what killed his immediate boss and the “unforgivably meanspirited man who insolently decided to make the Gonja royal prince a political spare tire.”

Instead, as we all may vividly remember, then Vice-President John Dramani Mahama curiously chose to heartily and, indeed, suspiciously celebrate what he at the time termed as the celestially auspicious preordained decision by Diving Providence to felicitously shove then President Atta-Mills smack out of the way in order to facilitate the glorious crowning of the first postcolonial-born Ghanaian citizen to be made President. Yes, we must all be worried, especially whoever is unfortunate enough to be jinxed into becoming the running-mate of the former Rawlings-appointed “Shit-Bomber.” You see, those who so self-righteously and pontifically accuse President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of being ham-handed with the country’s media operatives have tragically forgotten so soon that there was a time, not very long ago, when any media owner or newspaper editor who published anything deemed to be negative about the Rawlings-led government of the National Democratic Congress was certain to have night-soil, or human excrement, discharged onto the premises of the targeted media establishment.

And that period was right within the temporal bounds of Ghana’s Fourth Republic! I mean, make absolutely no mistake, Dear Reader, we are talking about a man who prefers to resort to the “Boot-for-Boot” political and ideological praxis as his prime choice for settling scores with his most formidable political opponents, rather than use the civilized instrument of the country’s judicial system which, by the way, courtesy of Mr. Anas Aremeyaw Anas, the then President John Dramani Mahama succeeded in painting to the rest of the world as indubitably the most thoroughgoing corrupt establishment of its kind. You see, those of us who have been studiously following the Adams Mahama Assassination Case, from day one, are well aware of the fact that criminally minded fat cats like the former President have been pulling strings from behind the scenes, earnestly hoping to have Mr. Gregory Afoko suavely escape condign justice.

And for all anyone cares, Justice George Buadi could very well be one of the key players in the country’s judicial system who the bloody admirers of this first-class butcher may be trying to use to achieve their ungodly objective. You see, Dear Reader, Mr. Gregory Afoko is a first-class butcher and a criminal assassin because, according to intelligence released by police investigators at the time, which was widely publicized by the media, by the way, a dying Mr. Adams Mahama had personally named and identified Mr. Gregory Afoko as the individual who had so viciously poured a jerrican full of liquid acid on him, after the prime suspect had deviously beckoned to his prime target of assassination to lower the driver’s side of his car window, so he could have a brief talk with the unsuspecting Mr. Adams Mahama.

We must also put on record here that for about two years after the brutal murder of Mr. Adams Mahama, then President John Dramani Mahama did absolutely nothing to either get Mr. Asabke Alangdi, the criminal coconspirator and accomplice of Mr. Gregory Afoko, who had immediately taken to his heels with his nursing-mother wife, leaving behind their infant baby. It would take the people-and family-centered government of President Akufo-Addo to get Mr. Alangdi apprehended in neighboring Cote D’Ivoire. So, really, it is an inexcusable insult to the intelligence of Ghana’s clergy and our legitimately invested traditional rulers for Mr. John Dramani Mahama to be calling on these emulative leaders or role-models of our national conscience and morality, for the most part, to scandalously collaborate with political scam-artists like the former President in aborting justice in favor of a least deserving criminal suspect like Mr. Gregory Afoko. God save us from unconscionable scofflaws like Mr. Mahama. All Say Amen! Or is it “Yammin”?

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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
August 20, 2019
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