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The Brutal Dictatorship of Kwame Nkrumah II

Comment: Shared Hopes. But Your Fears May Be Exag

G. K. Berko
2015-02-04 17:07:27
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You State My Mission In Life

Dr. SAS, I am glad you share those hopes of mine and many other Ghanaians who prefer not to eternally vilify our past leaders, however intense their mutual antagonisms were but to put all their actions and reactions in context.

I have reasoned to believe that such context as we would need to fairly assess these leaders would entail partly their temporal equilocation and partly, the psychological mindset they might have carried over into Politics from their varied social backgrounds.

I have come to notice significantly how easily our folks would resort to high-handedness, in protecting and demanding any right they envisaged was theirs.

The UP leaders mostly came from a Traditional Royalty System where their sympathies for a Federal Governance that would allow their lines of inheritance play major roles in the governance of the Country as a whole. Concomitant with that thought is how difficult it might have been for them to accept sharing the natural resources our ancestors had fought and died for with others we had little in common with, and had never helped us secure those resources, all under the scheme of Nation building.

On the other hand, Nkrumah's folks somehow preferred the Unitary system that would attempt to place the young Nation's resources on the table for all to share in as a way to encourage the newer entrants into the fold stay and also to help them match along with the more fortunate of us. Both sides therefore had a very strong survivalist sentiment brought to bear on their demands.

Often such logical reasoning is lost in our emotional outbursts. But if we think about these underlying interests of the two political streams, we could more understand why many Nkrumahists would dole appellations on Nkrumah and regard him as some Messiah of some sorts. We must acknowledge that when Busia returned to campaign for the Premiership, similar accolades and appellations were often heaped on him. In fact, it is a Ghanaian cultural thing that we put our leaders, both traditional and secular, on pedestal when we think they are doing what we want them to do, or expect them to do us some favors. We worship authority when things seem to be going on well between us. But when we detect any disharmony our response to them is viscerally ravaging.

Having said all that, I would beg to admonish you and others sharing your line of reasoning to reconsider toning down the insults and even dismissing the Messianic lauding of Nkrumah as nothing more than a superfluous self-inspiring adulation of their leader.

Surely, such overly subscribed attribution of prowess to Nkrumah could be irritating to you, you should not let that alone nudge you off the rational track of fair assessment of all.

I hope we all will soon come to sort things out in mutual respect for one another and give fair credit to our past leaders where due, while we acknowledge and learn from their errors. Everyone would always have a way to turn a positive attribute of his or her enemy into some atrocious negative with words. All it takes is an eloquent labeling. But that does not take away the real nature of that attribute. We must not engage in mutually destructive contests for fame that may have nothing substantial to back it.

Our departed Leaders, in whose name we would be fighting to accord prestige to their causes would not be content to see their ultimate goal always postponed by our silly pseudo-intellectual machismo puttering that gets nothing concrete accomplished.

Long Live Ghana!!!

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02-04 01:07
Shared Hopes. But Your Fears May Be Exag
G. K. Berko
02-04 17:07