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Feature Article of Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Columnist: Kyei-Mensah-Osei, Kofi

To His Excellency Alhaji Aliu Mahama: A Dirge

There he goes again; death!
He creeps and steals the very best
He leaves us at our lowest
How could we rest
And why wouldn’t we fret
Whilst death still prowls our streets?
There he goes again; death!
Sneaking and stealing away Ghana’s gem
He is stalking us; death
Lurking around the corners of Ghana
Hankering after Ghana’s nobility and Princes

See him walk away with our Honourable Aliu Mahama; death!
A – ffable son of Ghana
L – eader in the class of the good shepherd
I – ntegrity personified
U – nifier with matchless humility
Death has indeed twisted our arms for our precious gem
Why have you done this to us; death?
We are sat frozen and frightened by your shadow lurking in the dark
You should have taken anybody but our Ex-Veep
Your cruelty has caused dread and chilling fear in our hearts
In Alhaji Aliu; you have indeed snatched our precious diamond and pearl

Look at what you have done to us; death!
You’ve left our hearts pounding in our chest with fear and trepidation
Ghanaians are used to the saying, “Thank God It’s Friday”
But we will remember Friday, 16th November in sombre mood
It was a different Friday
Instead of “TGIF”, we ended up looking on at you; death
Hopelessly
Powerlessly
Our eyes refusing to blink
As you nonchalantly walked away with our beloved Alhaji Aliu!
Mercilessly, you refused to look back at us
As you trudged off with our beloved Ex-Veep

You’ve inflicted on us a fatal wound; death!
Our hearts bleed
Our eyes weep
Our lips quaver
Our knees tremble
You’ve plunged us into turmoil
You’ve caused Ghana an untold pain
And reduced the New Patriotic Party to melancholic tears
Your existence makes Ghanaians ill
We’ve lost our pillar of true humility and fountain of wisdom
How we wish we could see you as you cowardly tip-toed to steal
We would have fought you to save our cherished Ex-Veep

His Excellency, Alhaji Aliu Mahama
Ghana’s true patriotic son
A generous benefactor
You were peaceful and calm even in the face of adversity
Soft hearted and kind to a fault
You served your country with distinction
Ghanaians of all tribes loved you
From North to the South; East to the West: you were a treasure
Moslems
Christians
Young and old
They all loved you beyond measure

You’ve gone too soon Veep
You should have tarried a little while Sir
Ghana needed you in these dark days
Your calm persona would have been of an immense help; Alhaji
But you’ve paid your dues Alhaji
You fought the good fight
Our loss is now the Heavens gain
Go and serve up there same way as you served Allah’s people
May Allah reward you generously for your good service to mother Ghana
Fare thee well humble and generous one
Damirifa Due Ghana’s faithful son
May you find peaceful rest in the abode of Allah!!

Kofi Kyei-Mensah-Osei

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