I arrived at this most justifiable conclusion long before the Short Commission wrapped up its investigative sittings, so shall not waste time rehashing the same, which is that the National Security Agent by the name of Mr. Mohammed Sulemana was squarely within his rights when he allegedly delivered the widely reported “dirty slaps” to the rotund and fatty cheeks of the National Democratic Congress’ Member of Parliament for the Ningo-Prampram Constituency, Mr. Samuel Nartey George. Back then, that is, in late January or early February of this year, I wrote several articles and opinion pieces in which I indicated that the Ningo-Prampram NDC-MP had not the least bit conducted himself in a decorous manner befitting a bona fide member of the august establishment of our National Assembly, and may very well have characteristically impugned the integrity of the geo-ethnicity of Mr. Sulemana.
You see, Dr. Paul Kofi Fynn, the so-called President-General of the West Africa Nobles Forum (WANF), must be told in crystal-clear terms that inasmuch as the National Security Agent, that is, Mr. Sulemana, had an obligation to react with restraint towards the inexcusably abusive language used against his person and ethnicity by the Ningo-Prampram NDC-MP; by the same token, it absolutely goes without saying that the former Mahama Presidential Staffer had an even greater obligation to be rhetorically polished and responsible towards Mr. Sulemana. Even more significantly, I underscored the fact that Mr. Nartey lacked any remarkable modicum of credibility to shore up his vehement, albeit patently vacuous, denial of having used a stereotypically abusive language against the ethnicity and regional provenance of Mr. Sulemana.
For starters, the Ningo-Prampram MP is on record to have disdainfully attacked the physical disability of Mr. Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, the 2016 Presidential Candidate of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), by publicly and sarcastically claiming that Mr. Greenstreet seemed to be oblivious to the purportedly great achievements of the then President John Dramani Mahama because the CPP’s flagbearer was too wheelchair-stunted to be able to vividly recognize the same. “Mr. Greenstreet needs to stand up from his wheelchair, if he really wants to see the many great landmark achievements of President John Dramani Mahama,” Mr. Nartey was widely reported to have told a crowd of party supporters and activists in the Asante Regional Capital of Kumasi. It is also significant to note that his then paymaster would shortly dissociate himself from the malicious comments of his staff appointee. Mr. Mahama would also publicly state that Mr. Nartey was not a Presidential Staffer of his, although the latter was widely known to be operating from the then Flagstaff House.
In plain English, Mr. Nartey has an inexcusably poor and decidedly scandalous personality profile. Unlike most of his colleague members of the House, the Ningo-Prampram NDC-MP has absolutely no relationship whatsoever with the portly elderly man whom he fiercely and abusively contested for his seat, to wit, Mr. ET Mensah, the longtime Rawlings-appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Greater-Accra Metropolitan Area and sometime cabinet appointee of the Rawlings regime. It is also worthy of note that Mr. Mensah is widely known to be older than the parents of the man who used arm-twisting tactics and the language of abuse to rudely push him out of office.
Clearly, we can see that Dr. Fynn’s call for Mr. Sulemana to be severely disciplined is primarily based on the high social and political status of the target of the National Security Officer’s condign physical discipline, and the fact of Mr. Sulemana’s “nobodiness,” and not because the latter committed any crime by fiercely defending his inalienable right to personal dignity and that of his ethnicity. The decision by Jubilee House to discipline Mr. Ernest Akomea for unauthorized possession of a firearm may very well be justifiable, notwithstanding the fact that as a National Security Operative, the possession of a firearm, or even several firearms, may very likely not have been totally out of place.
But even more significant must be recognized the fact that on the day of the Ayawaso-West Wuogon byelection, that is, on January 31, 2019, or thereabouts, Mr. Samuel George Nartey had absolutely no right, whatsoever, to have been loitering about the constituency with a visibly threatening gang of motorbike riders illegally and mischievously dressed in uniforms strikingly identical to those worn by our National Security Agents. The fact of the matter is that Ayawaso-West Wuogon was not the parliamentary jurisdiction of the pathologically petulant Mr. Samuel George Nartey. It is as simple as that.
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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
October 9, 2019
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