I was a little bit taken aback to read that the newly-elected NPP flag-bearer, Mr. Akufo-Addo, has described the task facing him as " huge challenge". And what "challenge" might that be? He defines his own "challenge" in these words: "How to remove a non-performing government." One would have thought that if a government was "non-performing", everyone would not only see it but feel the effect to such an extent that they themselves would be the first to demand the removal of such a government. Where you have a politician saying that this is a herculian task, it seems to me that there is something fundamentally wrong!
Here is a rush transcript of the "Professor Do Little" statement attributed to Nana Addo in the news:
"We've had a very gruelling and exhaustive campaign, and it has brought a lot of discussion and talk, sometimes even acrimony within our supporters. The time is that we the leaders are sending a message to them by this meeting and we are calling upon all our supporters to stay united. We have a huge challenge ahead of us. How to remove a non-performing government. The professor who is in charge of our affairs, President Mills is now known as ‘Professor Do Little’. And it is important that all of us work together and to make sure that Ghana has the sort of government that the people of Ghana deserve. A nation of tremendous talents, a nation of people with great initiatives and enterprise, how we can put all of that together to create the brighter, positive future that awaits us. That is why we are all here. And I am extremely grateful to my colleagues, not just for their presence here, but also for the sentiments that they expressed at the Efua Sunderland Park on Saturday. It is in the best traditions of our party, and I am glad to see that those traditions continue to live." - Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo. (See: Mills is ‘Professor Do Little’ - Akufo-Addo, Myjoyonline.com, Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 August 2010, 13:48 GMT)
The intellectual bankruptcy of this Akyem charlatan was once more put on display at his residence when the losing candidates of the flag-bearer race (with the exception of Evangelist lawyer Kwame Koduah) met with him Tuesday "to formally congratulate him and also pledge their support for him as he leads the party to in search of power from the ruling National Democratic Congress in the 2012 elections." He is taking it for granted that the party is united because he sees the faces of his political in his house!
What Akufo-Addo needs to know is that it is by far easier to get the presidential aspirants to have a drink together and smile than to ask their followers to do the same thing. The reason is very simple: they are there for money. Those demonstrating extreme loyalty to Akufo-Addo himself at this moment would be the first to complain if any position is given to an Alan Kyeremanten supporter. Just as what happened in Kufuor's time, the close allies of Akufo-Addo are going to fill in all the posts available, with a few conspicuous ones reserved for troublesome people like Alan Cash, just for window dressing.
It is not by calling the smart and sure President Mills as a "Professor Do Little" that you are going to unite your party. And from what Akufo-Addo is saying, either he is predictably stupid or Ghanaians are stupid. How can the mere removal of a non-performing government be a herculean task? "We have a huge challenge ahead of us." Akufo-Addo says, "How to remove a non-performing government. The professor who is in charge of our affairs, President Mills is now known as ‘Professor Do Little’. And it is important that all of us work together and to make sure that Ghana has the sort of government that the people of Ghana deserve."
I buckled up with uncontrollable laughter when I listened to him because I have made up my mind long ago never to allow myself to be provoked by people who are so stupid that often they do not even know what they are saying! If a government is "non-performing", it cannot be a secret known only to Akyem dwarfs, every citizen shall be in the know. They shall clamour for a change themselves! Whenever going to convince the people becomes "a huge challenge" facing a political party, or any other charlatan for that matter, it simply means the government in question is not as "non-performing" as some self-seeking politicians would have us to believe it!
Akufo-Addo has never been known as a very brilliant person both in his student and professional life. I am not surprised that he fumbles as he rumbles on. For a second-time presidential candidate, whose messages continue to move in all directions and without focus, he even looks smarter than he actually is! But what is even more alarming is the intellectual quality of his discourse. It is not even clear what he wants to say here. I had the impression that his principal focus was to call on his party members who were against his candidature to rally behind him. He has eclipsed his own objective with an extremely needless gaffe about the hard-working President Mills. His own call for unity has thus been drowned by a stale performance that even Rawlings is becoming not only tired but ashamed of! Our President is not slow after all! At just one stroke, we all saw how the administration took the housing deficit problem by the horns to the chagrin of the doubting Thomases of the Danquah Institute and the NPP puppets!
Forward Ever! Backwards Never!!!
Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro