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Opinions of Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson

Hear ye me, oh His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo

Dear His Excellency the President,

May the grace of God be unto you. Be it known to you that your appointment by God and the people of Ghana to lead the country is for a specific purpose. The euphoric mood of, or jubilation by, the people of Ghana, was not without reason. God had designated you to come to liberate his suffering Ghanaian poor and needy children from their tormenting injustices, socio-economic hardships and subjugation to “Black on Black” slavery under the hands of her leaders, especially, the just outgone President John Dramani Mahama and his NDC-led government.

With your election and accession to the presidency, many are Ghanaians that feel relieved, saying, at last, God has heard and answered their prayers to give to them a Saviour who has come to heal their wounds, wipe off their tears and sorrows by going to bring to an end the injustices they have become victims to under previous governments and Presidents, especially, under the immediate past President, Mr John Dramani Mahama.

God made you such a man of incorruptibility and integrity for the special job He has assigned you to, as described above. By your unique personality, He endeared you to many a Ghanaian hence Ghanaian electorates turning out in their great numbers to vote massively for you to defeat your opponent, the incumbent President, as never witnessed in the history of Ghana before.

Being a man of integrity is that you have the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles that you refuse to change. Being incorruptible is that you are morally strong enough not to be persuaded to do something wrong. Based on these two qualities in addition to being dynamic, dedicated to being of service to your people and nation and humanity in general, God chose you and preferred you to other peers, to govern Ghana, please be aware of that.

Whenever God chooses anyone to lead his people at a point in time, He expects them to fulfil the obligations for which they have been chosen. Failure to fulfil such obligations may lead to the incurrence of the wrath of God upon such an individual.

Please, read entire 1 Samuel 15 with greater emphasis on verses 11 & 22 - Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel: 11 “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” And verse 22 “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams”.

The cited bible chapter will tell you how God deals with those He specially appoints to fulfil specific missions but regrettably do the contrary.

Ghana is a democracy. Ghana is not a total monarchy but somehow a constitutional monarchy, thus, a system in which the king or queen's power is severely limited, because they act only on the advice of the politicians who form the government. Subsequently, they should not be allowed to hold you to ransom as seemed to have happened with the Sunyani traditional chiefs with regard to their objection to your designated Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Asomah-Cheremeh.

Gone are those days when chiefs represented the collective interests of their subjects hence commanded their unadulterated obeisance. Most of today’s chiefs, educated as they are, only aspire to cater for their selfish interests. The evidence is there for all to see. During the reign of former President Mahama, most of them became more corrupted because of the fact and possibility of taking freebies from him. This made most of them declare support for him during Election 2016 even though he was ruining the country, by his unprecedented infatuation with corruption; destroying the economy of the country and incurring more national and international debts for the country of which every Ghanaian will one day have to contribute in one form or the other, towards paying them off.

Most of these same chiefs are behind the orchestration, if not the masterminds or sponsors, of, the destructive surface mining (galamsey) on-going in the country that will surely have short, medium and long term adverse effects on the ecology. This will affect the nation’s sources of arable lands for farming (food production) and drinking water (water bodies).

Going forward, it is an open secret how the Ashanti Overlord, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, supported by the Asanteman Council and Kumawuhemaa have colluded to deprive the real Kumawu royal family of their birth-right throne, and the Kumawuman subjects of the royal of their choice. The case is still pending in various High Courts and an Appellate Court in the Ashanti region.

Most of the judges who had previously presided over the case were clearly corrupt and had twisted the truth, thus, declared verdict, in favour of the should-have-been guilty party. I say this based on the facts and credible evidence available and submitted to the courts and the rulings by the judges. Again, the brilliantly executed investigative job by ace journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas into the judicial corruption in Ghana which led to the sacking of some judges by the Chief Justice, Mrs Theodora Georgina Wood, bears evidence to how some judges in Ghana sell justice to the highest bidder.

Being an astute lawyer, an incorruptible person and someone who believes in justice for all, irrespective of one’s status, I know you will not tolerate the types of injustices suffered by some people under the hands of our traditional chiefs and corrupt judges. This is why God has chosen you, out of many, to govern Ghana to bring justice, peace and tranquillity and prosperity to all Ghanaians irrespective of their tribe, culture, and level of acquired formal education.

You have yourself once been a victim of injustice when the Supreme Court pronounced verdict on the Election 2012 petition filed by you, Dr Bawumia and the late Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, in favour of the Electoral Commission in spite of the availability of abundant credible evidence to the contrary. You filed the petition following the discovered numerous irregularities, malpractices, omissions and commissions by the Electoral Commission and their agents that marred the credibility of the election results, tilting them in favour of the NDC and then Presidential-candidate John Dramani Mahama instead of the rightful winner that ought to be you.

The fact that you did not go to war, incite your supporters to rampage through towns, cities and villages causing damage to properties and people, did not mean that you did not feel hurt by the injustice done to you. It did also not mean that an injustice had not occurred of which you felt cheated with ordinary Ghanaians also feeling deeply hurt because they had been robbed of their heart desire, thus, denied of having Nana Akufo Addo as their President.

The fact that Kumawuman subjects and the royals who have been short-changed as narrated above not gone on rampage, killing themselves and destroying properties, but have resorted to the courts, does not mean that all is well in Kumawuman and that the subjects have wholeheartedly accepted or embraced the paramount Chief (Omanhene) Barima Sarfo Tweneboa Kodua imposed on them by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. By the standing Ashanti tradition and procedures dating from the formation, and the restoration, of the Asante Confederacy (in 1935), no Asantehene has the right or the royal prerogative to needlessly interfere in the selection and election of a substantive royal to become Kumawuhene-elect let alone, impose one on Kumawuman against their wish.

Should anyone come to influence you, be they the Kumawu MP - Hon. Philip Basoah, the Afram Plains MP - Hon. Alex Adomako-Mensah, the Kumasi MPs, and, or the Ashanti region MPs etc. in the hope of getting you to believe that all is well in Kumawu and that no injustice has been done to anyone, please do not believe them. However, I shall suggest that you get your own trusted people to go and conduct investigations in Kumawuman into the veracity of their assertions or my claims as hereby made in case you decide to involve yourself in the ongoing Kumawu chieftaincy dispute which I shall strongly advise you not to unless you want to see real justice happen to glorify the God that you serve and believe in.

Please, you are duty-bound by God and the discerning people of Ghana to ensure that justice prevails. Despite how someone might be seen in the public eyes as having greatly contributed to your success at Election 2016, please, do not allow any such person to induce you to do what may let you breach the trust God and the people of Ghana have in you to deny the poor the needed justice.

Many Ghanaians’ hearts were touched by God and your unique envious personality, to do whatever they could as might have been granted them by God, to campaign towards your successful election. Look at how very enthusiastically the celebrities - Agya Koo and his Agenda 57% brigade, Kwame A-Plus, Lucky Mensah, Nana Ampadu, Manfred, Diana Asamoah, Aseibu Amanfi, Great Ampong, Daddy Lumba, Kwabena Kwabena, only but to mention a few, rallied behind you. Look at the prayer warriors and all those to whom God granted the wisdom and intelligence to take particular actions that finally neutralised or negated the obvious ill-intents by Mrs Charlotte Osei, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, and the NDC, to rig Election 2016 in favour of then President cum Presidential candidate John Mahama and the NDC.

His Excellency the President, I am privileged to convey to your attention that Ghanaians have high hopes and trust in you to deliver on most of your promises, especially, in the area of giving the poor the chance for their voice to be heard through giving them justice. Please, do not allow anyone coming to you clad in angelic robe but a wolf within, having their personal selfish agenda to attain, deceive you so that your set objectives for Ghana and Ghanaians may never be achieved to the peoples’ satisfaction.

Finally, I shall advise you, Oh Mr President, to read the entire 2 Samuel 11-12 and especially, chapter 12:1-11. God does not take it kindly to those who deprive people of their rights and freedoms just because they are poor and cannot resist the power of the Overlord. You are nationally and internationally acclaimed to be a man who believes in justice for all, please, just do that and the blessings of God shall increase upon you.

Going against the expectations of the people and especially, that of God, has undesirable consequences so please, do not be enticed by the sweet words of selfish people in order not to be ensnared by their lies to depart from your set aims and objectives for becoming the President of Ghana.

Let me reproduce 2 Samuel 12:1-11 in case Mr President has not a bible handy.

2 Samuel 12New International Version (NIV)

Nathan Rebukes David

12 The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.

4 “Now a traveller came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveller who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”

5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”

7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’

11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”

This is not to reprimand you but simply to let you know how dangerous it is to allow oneself to be led astray from the correct path when God has appointed them for a special duty as it is in your case. Please, let no amount of persuasions by people pursuing their own selfish interests or agenda distract you from the course charted for you by the God in whose capable hands you entrusted your whole being, aspirations to become the President of Ghana and your electioneering campaign hence choosing the campaign mantra/motto “The battle is the Lord’s”

May you be blessed abundantly by God and may He continually protect you, guide you and choose for you honest people to redirect your steps when you happen to be at the edge of backsliding. Amen

Rockson Adofo