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Monday, March 14, 2011
Akufo-Addo, Mind The Gap! It is A Trap! Part 3 (Final)
by Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro.
I read to my very profound amusement, the news caption, "Nana Addo hugs Mills as preacher man inspires", Ghanaweb General News of Monday, 14 March 2011. The story began with, "President John Evans Atta Mills and his political rival, Nana Akufo-Addo were on Sunday March 13, moved by a preacher man’s sermon to shake hands and hug each other to end what appears to be a frosty relationship between the two in the last few months."There is a Akan proverb, which says, "When you see a frog hoping out of its hole on a sunny afternoon, you have to know immediately he is running away from something"! I knew Akufo-Addo was going to mellow down his "All-Die-Be-Die!" nonsense because it was politically toxic and extremely suicidal to launch a campaign platform in 2011 Ghana! They have insisted he would never apologize for the inward-looking, ethnocentric, and intellectually bankrupt slogan. We have been offered suggestions that by saying "We Akans are not cowards", Mr. Akufo-Addo was referring to the NPP, which is national in character and not necessarily a tribal Akan party!
In other words, the want to tell us that the "Akan" nature of the NPP is national in character! There is no way Akufo-Addo is going to get out of this hole without the ladder of "Excuse me, fellow countrymen, I was wrong to use the words "We Akans are not cowards... 2012 is going to be All die be die!" There is no amount of hugging that can doctor the image of a tribal warlord beating war drums even before the vote! Considering the fact that Akufo-Addo's own body guards have been very notorious in violently beating up the body guards of his principal opponent at Cape Coast in the last elections, the camera man of the ex-President Rawlings in Kumasi, he sounds like a mad person complaining about himself!
I was speaking to a friend six months before the elections, and I was told that the NDC was being increasingly perceived as aggressive, violent, and too-much warlike, and so they are not liked by many people. Then six months later, the same person told me the situation had changed and that the NDC's Presidential candidate has managed to keep his title of "Asomdweehene", the "King of Peace", and the NPP was losing because they have become too aggressive and some of them are even looking for a civil war.
This was not music only to my ears, it was a confirmation of my own thoughts. I knew instinctively when I heard Akufo-Addo on the radio, not even bothering to say "We NPP" but "We Akans are not cowards... All die be die!" , that he was finished, caput! Yes the Kapwewe is caput without the saving grace of opening his toothless mouth to say "I am sorry for threatening you with a tribal war instead of a right-wing political one from the NPP. I meant to say the NPP and not Akans who are the cowards! The error is deeply regretted!" Is this too much to ask?
This is the first sign that Akufo-Addo is feeling the heat of his pugilistic, ethnocentric and extremely stupid comments. I saw it coming. He now wants to present himself as a peaceful and reconciliatory individual by pretending to hug the President. This is the nearest any one can squeeze out of an arrogant individual of that calibre. It is comforting to note that not even the arrogant aristocratic and self-appointed elites can feel the heat of public disapproval. This is good news. How can any political leader in Ghana be able identity publicly with one ethnic group and threaten death and destruction to non-Akans, and get away with it?
As usual, he has shown no intention of rendering his unqualified apologies for this unqualified nonsense! The Akan-tribalist presidential candidate of the NPP is clearly retreating from the aggressive and warmongering image he has cut for himself. Like a beast that defecates in public places, and fails even to clean its own anus, Akufo-Addo fails to render apologies and resorts to hugging! Is this man too short to say "I am sorry"? Is it because of his arrogance that he is not able to come out to publicly say "I am sorry, what I said was a slip of the tongue, or in a bad taste!"?
Even if he had said, "We members of the NPP are not cowards", it would still have been a very low point in his political career! But coming out to say that "We Akans are not cowards" and promising hell fire and brimstones on innocent Ghanaians simply because it is his last chance at the presidential race is extremely disgusting! He should stop the hugging and apologize for the nonsense! Hugging President Mills shall never help, even though we know he is trying to beat a retreat!
Forward Ever! Backwards Never!!!
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