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Opinions of Tuesday, 30 November 1999

Columnist: Kanyam, Daniel Akwasi

The Johns of Ghana .....


Jerry John Rawlings to John Agyekum Kufour to John Evans Fifii Atta Mills<>will it be John Dramani Mahama or otherwise???? Follow through. "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight". (Matthew Chapter 3 verse 3)

Those of you who belong to the Christian faith would understand and appreciate my submission. The quotation above refers to John the Baptist who was sent to prepare the way and successfully lay the foundation for the coming of the liberator and the Messiah of the world. The Messiah succeeded in liberating the world from all the dungeons of the devil; be it poverty, sickness, disease, frustrations, misfortunes name it.

Scripturally, the successful accomplishment of the vision and mission of the Messiah was undoubtedly tired to the successful completion of the preparatory work of John the Baptist. In fact, the role of John in the Messiah’s mission is undisputable and cannot be undermined.

The political history and dynamics of Ghana’s ever growing democratic process make me doubt when exactly the political liberator or Messiah of Ghana would come. The prayer and cry for the Political Messiah dates back to the colonial era, but it was not until 1957 when God through Dr Kwame Nkrumah delivered Ghanaians from the British colonial rule. At that time it was the belief and hope of many that Nkrumah was the long awaited Messiah. As issues and trends unfolded it was very obvious that Dr Kwame Nkrumah was not the supposed messiah. Indeed, history and the current level of socioeconomic development make us believe that Dr Kwame Nkrumah was not the Messiah but just part of the process.

The search, cry and prayer for this Messiah continued unrelentingly until God decided to send a John in 1992 to prepare the way for this Political Messiah when a democratic environment was eminent. This first John was in the person of Jerry John Rawlings. He was mandated and tasked to make the way straight for the coming of this Messiah. Unfortunately, even though his regime made some steady progress as per the mandate, the path was ill prepared for the Messiah. After his tenure of office the Messiah could not emerge because the political environment was not well prepared for his manifestation.

God had to send another John in the person of John Agyekum Kufour.Interestingly, the second John with desirable ambitions and more determine to make the way straight for the Messiah could not successfully lay the foundation for the coming of this Messiah.

Today, God has again sent the third John in the person of John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills. The third John realizing the importance of this foundation for the Messiah had this to say in his first state of the nations address:” A house that is constantly rebuilding its foundation is doomed to remain stuck to the foundation level, never to reach completion and decoration, let alone occupation”. Fellow Ghanaians this is my dilemma; “will this John adequately position himself to successfully finish the preparation needed for the Political liberator or Messiah to come or will he repeat the mistakes of his predecessors which may necessitate a fourth John i.e. John Dramani Mahama ????????

Time will tell.

oooh God save Ghanaians.

By: Daniel Akwasi Kanyam Ohio University