General News of Monday, 10 January 2011
Source: Ghanaian Times
Comment: Re: That is the issue
Author: Office of Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odik
Date: 2011-01-10 06:44:15
Comment to: That is the issue
OFFICE OF THE ODIKRO.
a companion of the black star,
I have been instructed by the Odikro to extend to you the Season's greetings!
The so-called international community does not look good at all in the Odikro's eyes! The President looks very good in the Odikro's eyes!
Relations With The AU, The UN and The US:
As for the AU and the UN, they are supposed to close ranks with us. We must definitely know a thing or two about this problem than they could ever imagine possible, simply because we are the neighbours! Is it not impertinent on the part of those trying to impose the military option on us, without our input, even though we are going to bear the brunt of such a monstrosity? When the US President, Mr. Barak Obama came to Accra, Ghana, he said:
"It is an honor for me to be in Accra & to speak to the representatives of the people of Ghana. I am proud that this is my first visit to sub-Saharan Africa as President of the US. The 21st century will be shaped by what happens not just in Rome or Moscow or Washington, but by what happens in Accra as well."
- President Barak H. Obama, Parliament House, Accra, July 11, 2009.
Here is an issue over life and death in which we have our own minds. We expect people of goodwill and not shaddy war-mongers to join us in our obvious eagerness to seek a lasting solution to a problem facing a very close and important African sister-country. In the absense of the US consulting us over this and supporting our efforts, the irony here is that the US is supposed to be angry because they wanted Ghana to think very differently about the problem in the Ivory Coast! USAfrica even reports:
"Ghana's president John Mills has expressed his opposition to any military intervention in Ivory Coast, led by the ECOWAS or the international community, seeking to force controversial incumbent Laurent Gbagbo out of office... He stated today January 7, 2011 that: ”I do not think the military operation will bring peace to the nation.” This was a jolt to many of the leaders of the west African regional bloc, ECOWAS and to the expectations of the U.S administration of President Barack Obama. Two days earlier, on January 5, 2011, the U.S Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs Johnnie Carson had called for increased pressure on Gbagbo with a stronger demand for him to leave and making the point it is broad fight by the region for democracy and should not be left as a domestic issue. President Mills is strongly arguing the opposite position — to the surprise of the U.S and the international community (supporting opposition candidate Outtarra against Gbagbo).
Mills who hosted the Obamas on July 11, 2009 in Accra, said today that “It is not for Ghana to choose a leader for Cote D'ivoire. I have spoken to both Ouattarra and Gbagbo and I cannot make it public.”
Diplomats, international security experts and interested parties are wondering: what informed Ghana's blunt and clear position against a forced, military attack against Gbagbo's outgoing, stalemated presidency?'"
- USAfrica, January 7, 2011.
I am sure the leaders of the world, including the ECOWAS are a little bit aware of the geography of West Africa, and have taken sufficient notice of fact that of the only three strong nations capable of mounting a military challenge to the Ivorian Army in West Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal, only Ghana is a front-line state. If those who are clamouring for war have any respect for us they would also have come to find out our position on the matter before beating the war drums and taking us for granted.
President Mills is perfectly unassailable here. I command you to beat a retreat before you hurt yourself very badly by exposing your own naivety!
Thank you very much for your reading the stuff and for informing yourself. And please, do not forget that the human mind is like a parachute, it functions better when it is open.
Take good care of yourself and enjoy your life!
Happy New Year!
I avail myself of this opportunity, to extend to you, on behalf of the Odikro, Nana Akyea Mensah II, the assurances of our highest consideration.
Forward Ever! Backwards Never!!!
Secretary to the Odikro, Nana Akyea Mensah II,
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