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Opinions of Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Columnist: Obenewaa, Nana Amma

My Heart Aches Over the Politics of Mud-Shoveling

: On Dr. Mills and Nana Akuffo-Addo Dankwa

Today’s article will discuss the cruelty of the nation’s media toward two political figures; Dr. Attah Mills and Nana Akuffo-Addo Dankwa. If rumours were decisive factors to judging result-yielding policies, our nation’s politics would have outshone America’s democratic politics to take the world’s golden trophy. In my opinion, the most brilliant minds among us hardly display perceptiveness. I am troubled by our continual obsession with the health of Dr. Mills. To some wishful thinkers, Dr. Mills is terminally sick, and must, therefore, disclose his health status to the nation and quit politics for good. When did the average journalist become a physician? Dr. Mills has no business to disclose his health status to the nation to satisfy the demands of his ill-behaved adversaries. If the prayers are “fulfillable” requisition, suffice to say Dr Mills’ enemies would have nailed him in a plastic coffin and walked the gentle scholar to an unmarked grave.



I am not a fan of Ghanaian politics. I detest the filth in our nation’s political systems. However, it is worth my time to engage nomadic minds who have abandoned our nation’s many problems, and made unsolicited careers out of perverted politics. Under the rules of patient confidentiality; under no circumstances can a healthcare provider divulge the health information of a patient to a third party without the patient’s consent. This referenced protocol can only be violated if, and when, socio-moral obligations require that the healthcare provider, and the state, to intervene to protect the public against harm. In the case of the Honourable Mills, the above does not, apply.

If democracy is about the “the spirit of the law, then all be must treated equally. Where in the Ghanaian constitution does a provision require that a presidential candidate disclose his/her medical condition? Why should we make Dr. Mills an exception to the rule to fulfill the mischievous designs of unsavory political actors? As a nation, we should steer clear from inconsequential matters and think about best ways to save the nation’s many Akua Ofaribeas. We should move away from baleful engagements and focus on how we can reclaim our nation’s international reputation as a “cocainocratic” society. At a time when civilized nations are judged by citizens’ quality of life, we have a matching responsibility, as a nation, to invest in sustainable educational programs to stifle the growing ignorance and pornography of human misery etched on the bodies of our dearest folks.

Recent attempts to snipe the character of Nana Akuffo-Dankwa are repulsive to say the least. I don’t mind granting audience to people who have verifiable proof to support their claims against political figures. While free speech remains one of the enduring hallmarks of a civilized democracy, it has no room for eccentric declarations. If Nana Akuffo-Addo Dankwa is not a lawyer, as some would claim, when did this unnatural lies dawn on his accusers? Doesn’t the preceding, if true, which it isn’t, expose the depth of the lethal ignorance in the nation? If Nana Akuffo-Addo Dankwa is not a licensed lawyer, how was he able to train some of nation’s best lawyers such as Yoni Kulendi, Attah Akyea, Joe Ghartey, and become the nation’s ex-Attorney General?



The gossip that Nana Addo-Dankwa is a drug addict is another nonsense. By the preceding, I am not absolving him from an accusation that I personally do not have the facts. In civilized democracies, courageous accusers go to the court with proof to compel the accused to come before a judge. In my judgement, one does not show bravery by jumping from one radio station to the next to stab a political aspirant in the back, knowing that the “accused’s” busy schedule would not accord him the luxury to institute legal action against his accuser.

We all know that drug is a problem in our nation. Few days ago, I was puzzled to hear a gentleman, with serious drug connections, tell me about a reputable drug-czar who gave the names of blacklisted drug dealers to a go-between to pass them on to drug dealers for hard currency. Armed with first-hand knowledge of classified intelligence, these drug dealers, my source revealed, were told to leave the country before a swoop. Sad to say, that the official who secretly disclosed this information to the nation’s drug dealers is a venerated expert on fighting drugs. Progress, in my humble opinion, is measured by modest changes and not a nation caught in a torpid state. Let’s focus on things that inhibit our development. We will perish, together, if we fail in our effort to grate the scabbed-wound and apply the right medication. Hope all is well. Good day and cheers.



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