Feature Article of Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Columnist: Mensah, Nana Akyea

Is It Not Time For Akuffo Addo To Distance Himself From The Danquah Institute

Is It Not Time For Akuffo Addo To Distance Himself From The Danquah Institute Altogether?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Is It Not Time For Akuffo Addo To Distance Himself
From The Danquah Institute

*A Rejoinder to : "Who Are These “Parliamentarian
Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D., Feature Article of Tuesday, 16 March

Okoampa begins an article surreptitiously titled *"Who Are These
* *with a shocker:* *

*"I am glad that, finally, the Ivorians are beginning to assert their right
of access and enjoyment of Ghana’s purportedly new-found oil wealth... It
also didn’t quite make a lot of sense to me that an oil find that lay so
dangerously close to Ghana’s border with Côte d’Ivoire would also have been
so godlessly uncharitable as to neatly parcel itself out for the exclusive
benefit and enjoyment of Ghanaians while the war-seasoned Ivorians continued
to languish in penury." - **"Who Are These “Parliamentarian
Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D., Feature Article of Tuesday, 16 March

Ghana’s Western neighbor Ivory Coast is reportedly laying claims to portions
of the huge oil wealth in the deep waters of the Western Region.

There is no panic in Ghana! See map with Dzata oil field and Jubilee field
off Cape Three Points Ghana (click to enlarge)


Is It Not Time For Akuffo Addo To Distance Himself From The Danquah
Institute Altogether?
Fellow Ghanaians, Our Ivorian brothers and sisters, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo
Addo, and other imperialist stooges at the Danquah Institute, fellow
Africans, and friends of Africa, lend me your ears! What does this really
mean? Is Okoampa trying to tell us that " Because Ghanaians did not vote the
NPP to "manage" the oil, Ghanaians have lost their right to their own
natural resource? That we can have that oil only when we vote the NPP into
power? Will they then take the oil profits for themselves stashed in their
offshore accounts? Is this the kind of democracy he thinks the NPP is
offering? Is this why "NPP is the only Ghanaian Beacon of
(See Ghanaweb archives, Feature Article of Monday, 8 March 2010, Columnist
Okoampa-Ahoofe, Kwame )

Kwame Okoampa Ahoofe Jr., has won the notoriety of making the most
nonsensical utterances which border on what may be called *"suicidal
stupidity"*, in " *Kwame Okoampa
Is A Charlatan!"
,* (Feature Article | Wed, 15 Oct 2008, by Ali-Masmadi JEHU-APPIAH). This is
not very new in itself. What is new is that this one stands out as a
monumental piece of idiocy churned out by this political vulture and his
squatter-owners! If I were Nana Akuffo Addo, I would quickly distance myself
from this kind of monumental nonsense, which even by Okoampa's own
standards, stands out as an eloquent anti-Ghanaian diatribe against the
sovereign will of the people, a furious and unmerited savage blow against
the respect for democratic governance and constitutional rule of a
government elected by popular mandate*.*

Okoampa continues:* *

*"What is also wickedly fascinating is the sudden fit of alarm that seems to
have gripped the hitherto light-headed Ghanaians. All of an auspicious
sudden, it is beginning to home-in to these soft-headed, happy-go-lucky and
good-natured “Niggers” that premature gloating over a pure gift of nature
may yet turn out to be too good to be true. It was also rather fitfully
amusing that some Ghanaians should already begin to be angrily chary of the
Ivorians; and, indeed, the irony of it all is that these “Angernistas” are
largely what one may aptly term as diehard “Nkrumacrats,” the fanatical
disciples of modern Ghana’s first postcolonial premier. Dear reader, by now,
it ought to be obvious to you what “Sremu Sei Nana” (The King of the
Savannah’s Grandson) is getting at. And, of course, it is the stark fact
that where “Black Gold” is concerned, pan-Africanism is only the dream of a
hopeless lunatic."*

Okoampa continues by making demeaning remarks about his fellow countrymen.
To use such language indicates comtempt for Ghanaian men and women. Why
would any Ghanaian who consider his country's vital interests so
dispensable, still present himself as a member of a "Think Tank" and expect
respect from his fellow Ghanaians? What does it mean if this man presents
Nana Akufo Addo as his favourite candidate, and Akufo Addo approves of this
association with him? Is Akuffo Addo telling us that the Danquah Institute
"think tank" is fast becoming nothing but a nest of politically virulent and
toxic ideas contempt for the Ghanaian people?

I want to appeal to all Ghanaians from across the political spectrum to
denounce this deeply insulting article. I specifically call upon Nana Addo
Danquah Akuffo Addo to consider these comments serious enough and accord the
same attention and time for condemnation as he did to the recent assault by
his body guards against the supporters of his political opponents at the
party's headquarters! This political contagion can and must be contained
immediately. Okoampa must be isolated politically. We should erect a
political *cordon* *sanitaire* *against him, *strictly and voluntarily
imposed by all proud and peace-loving Ghanaians. "The only place available
for the purveyors of doom and damnation of Ghanaians is political
quarantine. All those found to be associated with such an idiot, do so at
their own political risk and peril!

It is time for all right-thinking Ghanaians irrespective of political hue,
to distance themselves from the greed driven gamblers with our future and
our destiny as a nation. Okoampa has already pointed out that Nana Akuffo
Addo is his main man for the 2012 elections (see:
Flagbearership: My Choice for Election
, by Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr.,
Feature Article, Wed, 03 Mar 2010. The question Nana Akuffo Addo needs to
answer is, is Okoampa his man? I am sure it is not too much to ask of our
potential future presidents< the simple question of how close they
themselves stand in relation to extraordinarily toxic opinions of their very
close associates, particularly one who expresses su flagrant and
self-confessing hatred for a country we call home?

I was taken aback that I forgot aboot put the author and began to wonder
about what would make a fellow human being hate his own people so much that
he imagines a scenario of war with what he calls "the war-seasoned
Ivorians"? This is a thinly-veiled wish for a war over oil between Ghana and
the Ivory Coast. I could nut my finger at the source of his anger and
hatred. Out of frustration, I turned to his main US collaborator, a
self-appointed voice of "Black Conservatives" who faithfully transmits
nonsense from Okoampa on his blog for Americans to consume, to see if he
offered any explanations to this strange behaviour. I was not disappointed.
The answer was in the introductory sentence:

"Oil Reserves Have Been Discovered Offshore In Ghana. What Next? Bookerista
* *
*The Ivory Coast is claiming a portion of Ghana's offshore oil region. The
center-right board member of the Danquah Institute (Ghana) and English
professor in USA is glad that the Ivory Coast is making a claim because it
undermines the Ghanaian center-left's claims of Pan-Africanism: "I am glad
that, finally, the Ivorians are beginning to assert their right of access
and enjoyment of Ghana's purportedly new-found oil wealth. (Source:
see*:* Bookerising.net,
news site for black moderates and black
) *

Okoampa's problem with Ghana owning its own oil in peace is the presence of
pan-Africanists in Ghana! What Pan-Africanism got to do with our precious
oil? The objective of Pan-Africanism is to unite Africans and wean ourselves
away from the neocolonialist cannons of conduct and behave as a free and
independent people, consolidating our independence against imperialist
sabotage such as the one he is scheming! Which normal African today can be
angry with the noble intentions of great pan-Africanist leaders like
Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to such an extent that this should cost Ghana's
precious oil find? What is wrong with the intentions of the Pan-Africanists?
Listen to Nkrumah here and judge for yourself, dear reader:* *

*“We in Africa who are pressing now for unity are deeply conscious of the
validity of our purpose. We need the strength of our combined numbers and
resources to protect ourselves from the very positive dangers of returning
to colonialism in disguised forms. We need it to combat the entrenched
forces dividing our continent and still holding back millions of our
brothers. We need it to secure total African liberation. We need it to carry
forward our construction of a socio-economic system that will support the
great mass of our steadily rising population at levels of life which will
compare with those in the most advanced countries”* - Kwame Nkrumah, "Africa
Must Unite!", 1960.

I am even sure that Okoampa himself does not expect to treat Ghanaians this
way and get away with it! He has already been dismissed before by the New
York branch of the NPP for similar outrageous declarations calling for war
in Ghana, in the lead up to the 2008 Presidential and Parliamentary
elections. He is used to being attacked for his aggressively stupid opinions
even within his own party. The attempt by the Danquah Institute to bring
Okoampa back from political ostracism begun by the New York branch of the
NPP is a disservice to the good people of Ghana.

Ladies and gentlemen, we need a clear apology from Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe,
Jr., the author of these abominations! It is time Ghanaians of all walks of
life put maximum pressure on Nana Akuffo Addo to come out once more to
condemn the work of his notorious henchman or go down with him! I call on
ordinary Ghanaians, especially the rank and file of the NPP to join me in
this condemnation and show the way Akuffo Addo to follow and condemn
Okoampa's ill-considered words!
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