Feature Article of Friday, 7 December 2012
Columnist: Okoampa-Ahoofe, Kwame
By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.
The abject desperation of the key operatives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and their hirelings cannot be adequately highlighted. One such manifestation has Mr. Johnson Asiedu-Nketia absurdly asserting that the widely reported collapse of the stage from which Nana Akufo-Addo was addressing a mammoth rally of members of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) at Kumasi’s Jubilee Park on Sunday, was an act of God (See “God Caused Collapse of Akufo-Addo’s Stage” Ghanaweb.com 12/4/12).
It would be very interesting if the notoriously foulmouthed General-Secretary of the ruling National Democratic Congress could also inform Ghanaian voters whether it was God who asked him to unconscionably collude with the NDC Board Members of the Bui Dam Project to produce cement blocks and sell them over and above the going market prices at the expense of the Ghanaian taxpayer, on the maliciously false grounds that the Bui Dam Woyome’s blocks were the most qualitative of their kind.
At any rate, what also made Mr. Asiedu-Nketia’s assertion of Divine Justice in the Jubilee Park podium collapse abjectly infantile was his further observation that the stage had not collapsed while “the much heavier” former President John Agyekum-Kufuor rose up and delivered his message to the audience, until it reached the turn of the NPP presidential candidate. This is abjectly infantile because what Mr. Asiedu-Nketia conveniently failed to let on to his captive audience is the fact that when the Jubilee Park podium collapsed, both Mr. Kufuor and Nana Akufo-Addo went down with the same. As to what the latter fact of reality connotes, or suggests, the NDC scribe did not tell his audience.
What was also laughable was when the NDC robber baron made the following facile observation: “When God pays you back, He makes sure that you get hurt and [then] you can do a cross check afterwards.” The fact of the matter is that while he must have been startled by the suddenness of the podium’s collapse, like most of the people at the scene, Nana Akufo-Addo did not get hurt. Significantly enough, other people close to where he stood who had absolutely nothing, whatsoever, to do with the NPP leader’s “All-Die-Be-Die” maxim of justifiable self-defense, reportedly, did get hurt. So what does this also mean, or suggest, in the warped imagination of the man who recently almost got lynched by some Tamale NDC youths for capriciously denying their candidates the right to contest a constituency election, but for the timely intervention of the police? In other words, would “General Mosquito” also attribute his patent mischief that nearly got him lynched to his own abject stupidity or a veritable act of Divine Providence?
What also bears highlighting, for the benefit of eligible and potential voters, is the imperative need to massively reject the irreparably bankrupt leadership of moral and intellectual mendicants – or panhandlers – like Mr. Asiedu-Nketia and the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress who have absolutely nothing meaningful to provide them, except the unpardonably primitive espousal of their own neurotic and infantile ill-will fatuously couched in the Satanic rhetoric of Divine Justice.
You know, last Sunday, in the wake of the Kumasi incident, when one of my relatives called to inform me that there had been what appeared to be an NDC-instigated assassination attempt on the life of the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, I almost reflexively brushed it off as a sheer and vacuous exhibition of paranoia, even when my generally reliable informant also added that two suspects had been arrested at the scene.
In hind sight, I guess I ought not to have been so cavalier in my assessment and interpretation of the Jubilee Park incident. It just well may have been one of those predictable NDC ploys to fatally harm the NPP flagbearer and then chalk such patent act of criminality to Nana Akufo-Addo’s all-too-savvy credo of justifiable self-defense.
If the preceding observation has validity, then Mr. Asiedu-Nketia and his gangster-cell operatives had better tread extremely cautiously vis-à-vis the choice of their victims. For, it is quite certain that if these goons and charlatans overstep the bounds of tolerance and decency, they will not be spared, not by the Thunder-Gods of Kigali!
*Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D. Department of English Nassau Community College of SUNY Garden City, New York Dec. 5, 2012 ###