Feature Article of Thursday, 23 August 2012
Columnist: Fajenyo, Ezekiel
The article titled, “Akufo-Addo Sneaks To T.B. Joshua” and published in *Daily Post* of 22nd August, 2012 was another in the series of political pieces purportedly crafted by some political midgets to attack Nigeria’s popular prophet, T.B. Joshua.
The world has remained increasingly shocked by the high level of political mimicry and treachery which some campaign coordinators and desperate political stalwarts demonstrated so far, forgetting that Ghana’s independence happened in 1957 as a leading country which ought to be respected by all others.
The crafty and power-obsessed political campaigners have decided, in their lack of wisdom, to keep attacking TB Joshua and his church as if they cannot think beyond their nose and embark on creative projects and electoral matters which could score them higher than the laughable rascality, mischief and scrawny commitments which they have shown so far.
Politics in Ghana, today, ought to be played by wise and quotable people; people with absolute confidence in their programmes for the masses and their ability to positively transform the society. These should be patriots who rely on truth and sincerity of purpose to project themselves and vision. The great names in Ghana’s political history would have helplessly turned in their graves with the way and manner recent political rapscallions and nitwits are going about politics in Ghana.
Frankly, some of the articles which people read in our newspapers, magazines and cyberspace these days are a collection of kindergarten pieces which should invoke shame in the Ghanaians who may read them. Rather than play politics of maturity and focus and discuss salient issues which will affect the lives of Ghanaians in consonance with the demands of the 21stcentury, some of our politicians and writers have become specialists in selling odious theories as agents of opposition; they attack fellow politicians using tools of lies, fabrications and intellectual conjurations without a foundation in truth and discipline.
While Ghanaians in all walks of life wait patiently to be told what our political parties have for us as manifestoes, what has kept bothering them in the issue of T.B. Joshua and his church in Lagos, Nigeria and one wonders how blackmail and political immaturity could be pushed to the doorsteps of a Nigerian who is not eligible to vote in the Ghana elections. To say the least, the pestilential politics played by some of our politicians could not have been an issue even in Siberia. Yet, Ghana should have a place in Africa’s history as a leading country and groomed by the late, Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
Common sense dictates that politics in Ghana should be about crucial issues of development, which include the elimination of poverty and criminality and entrenchment of interest in education, tourism, and development of the rural areas. We should move up from what Prof. Mills left behind, and practice politics of patriotism and not amateurism, of sincerity and seriousness of purpose and not egotism and satanic megalomania. For God’s sake, T.B. Joshua and those he prays for should not be our concern as Ghanaians, but what benefits awaits us after the elections must have taken place, and how we should maintain peace and order in our country. How ‘serious minded’ politicians should see TB Joshua as an election matter remains to be understood. While the respected man of God should be allowed to preach and teach Jesus Christ all over the world, Ghanaians should also get serious with their politics and what the outcome of the elections should be. A word is enough for the wise.