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Opinions of Sunday, 4 June 2017

Columnist: K. Badu

No, the caring God won’t give back the steer to insensitive Mahama

I am in agreement with those who insist that there is no competent leader on this planet (Earth) who can reverse the enormous economic mess created by the erstwhile NDC administration led by former President Mahama within a period of six months.

Then also, it would be somewhat unreasonable for anyone to suggest that Ghana has somehow turned into ‘hell’ under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo in barely six months.

The fact is Ghana has never been a “heaven”. Ghana has always remained a “hell”, with so much scheming guiles, duplicities and ungodly behaviours.

In fact, given the sombre mood, this is never the right time to enumerate on all the grisly incidents similitude to the gruesome murder of Captain Mahama.

In any case, the unfortunate lynching of the innocent Captain Mahama has indeed exposed Ghanaians hypocrisy.

After all, we are not the most righteous amongst our neighbours as we would want them to believe. We are in fact the illustrative case of the pretentious ‘snake under grass’.

But then again, the uncivilised mob actions could happen anywhere on this planet (Earth), where the laws are not enforced strictly.

In so far as we are all in deep shock and downhearted over the barbaric murder of the innocent Captain Mahama by the Denkyira Obuasi’s pitiless and uncivilised mob, we can also testify to the fact that lynching has sadly become part and parcel of Ghanaian way of life, whereby the offenders more often than not, go scot free.

We have indeed sat idly over the years and allowed the canker to fester. Thus, it would be boundlessly unreasonable for anyone to blame a single individual for our collective failures.

This is the reason why I would like to concur wholeheartedly with Ex-President Mahama’s wise counsel that discussants must try and decouple politics from the unfortunate incident.

Yes, we cannot and must not play politics with the unchecked mob actions that have maimed and taken innocent lives and continue to take lives, including the recent gruesome murder of Captain Mahama.

Given the circumstances, therefore, I would like to believe that those who have chosen to play politics with the recent unfortunate mob action are being unreasonable, just to say the least.

The worst culprit is the current General Secretary of the opposition NDC Party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, who is spearheading the seemingly unfair criticism bandwagon.

It goes without saying that Asiedu Nketia regrettably failed to hold the then Mahama government into account over the barbaric murder of the chief of his hometown by boisterous homicidal brats (mobsters) who even vanished without trace.

Why must Asiedu Nketia then turn around and point accusing fingers towards President Akufo-Addo for the unfortunate murder of Captain Mahama?

As a matter of fact, Asiedu Nketia’s unfortunate attitude is an illustrative case of the crude and shameful African politicking.

“The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has blamed President Akufo-Addo for the murder of Captain Maxwell Mahama at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region.

“According to the party, President Akufo-Addo’s government since it assumed office in January this year, has superintended over several chaotic events and failed to adequately address them.

“A statement signed by the party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said, If it is the case that President Akufo-Addo has come to the realisation that he is unable to manage the affairs of State, he should do the honourable thing and resign so we get a more Competent Leader to lead Kwame Nkrumah’s Ghana” (cityfmonline.com, 31/05/2017).

With all due respect, Choirmaster Johnson Asiedu Nketia and his chorus bandwagon should cease with their useless and uninspiring rendition -‘God come and give back the steer to Mahama’.

In fact, I do not want to believe that God is oblivious to all the numerous economic hardships, the mishaps and the lurid mob actions that went unresolved by Mahama’s government.