18.03.2020 Feature Article

Akufo-Addo’s Genius in COVID-19 Fight Staggers Sam George

Akufo-Addo’s Genius in COVID-19 Fight Staggers Sam George
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It was quite amusing to hear Mr. Samuel George Nartey – aka Sam George – the so-called former Presidential Staffer of former President John Dramani Mahama, cynically question where the $ 100 Million (USD) funding announced by President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to have been set aside for the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic was going to come from, because those of us who studiously followed the Mahama Presidential-Reelection Campaign in the runup to the 2016 General Election know precisely where the money for Little Dramani’s abortive reelection bid came from, at least quite a remarkable chunk of the same. For those of our Dear Readers who may have so soon forgotten it, the rude and desperate arrest and the confiscation of the passports of Mr. Sylvester Mensah, extant Executive-Director of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), ought to give them a telling clue.

Mr. Mensah would also have his bank accounts promptly frozen by then-President John Dramani Mahama. We would also shortly learn from the grapevine that the former contender for the presidential nomination of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was being so rudely and publicly humiliated because Mr. Mensah had flatly refused to divert a humongous chunk of the budgetary funds earmarked, for the running of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) for the criminal and illegal use by operatives of the Mahama Presidential-Reelection Campaign machine. To this day, like all shenanigans involving the Mahama Posse, Ghanaians have yet to be fully informed as to why Little Dramani, finally, decided to let Mr. Mensah go free. Very likely, had any devious and dastardly attempt been made to process Mr. Mensah for court, the kleptocratic backroom dealings of the Mahama regime would have been exposed.

Indeed, it is even quite likely that this episode was what Mr. Nartey, the Ningo-Prampram National Democratic Congress’ Member of Parliament, had in mind when he so fatuously – no pun is intended on the first syllable of the adjective “fatuous”, of course – presumed to cavalierly second-guess Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo vis-à-vis the source of the sum of $ 100 Million (USD) so foresightedly and opportunely earmarked for the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic. The preceding Sylvester Mensah episode is the primary reason why the Ningo-Prampram NDC-MP would speculate that President Akufo-Addo was, somehow, conveniently using the pretext of the onslaught of the China-originated Coronavirus to earmark the whopping sum of $ 100 Million (USD) for a battle that, in the warped imagination of the former Mahama Presidential Staffer, smacked more of an Akufo-Addo Presidential Reelection Campaign War Chest than anything else. Now, let us talk about who ran or is running a tyrannical regime or government.

I really wish that Sam George’s delirious speculation were, indeed, the truth and factual reality because any studious observer of Ghana’s political scene, history and culture is eerily aware of the fact that having the Mahama-led ragtag Abongo Boys of the National Democratic Congress return to Jubilee House, would be tantamount to criminal negligence on the part of the Ghanaian electorate. Indeed, it would be strikingly akin to unleashing a plague the strength of which would make the raging Coronavirus pandemic seem like a mild breeze in the park.

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