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Saturday, January 8, 2011


Office Of Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odik
2011-01-08 16:26:54
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a companion of the black star,

My dear Oyokoba,

I have been instructed by the Odikro to extend to you the Season's greetings!

It is painful to see a very intelligent brain hell-bent upon mischief. If the reasons you yourself advanced earlier is enough for you to oppose the war, why should that not necessarily be the case of a peace-loving President, the Asomdweehene himself? Ha?

In the columns section of Ghanaweb General News of Thursday, 30 December 2010 Source: Joy Online, "Ghana opposed to force against Gbagbo", you wrote:

"Comment: I SUPPORT MILLS ON THIS 100%!!!!!

Date: 2010-12-30 09:13:32
Comment to: N ON S E N S E

Those clamoring for combined military attack to remove Gbagbo are overlooking a lot of things.

First and foremost the ECOWAS and AU must clearly define and tell the people what "LEGITIMATE FORCE" means. Again they must tell us how and who will bear the blow back costs of such war.

It is very easy for those far removed from the theater of war to say let's attack Ivory Coast and remove one power-addict from power. But look carefully; there are many Gbagbos around Africa. Of the 53 African countries out there, less than 10 have democratically elected presidents. Most of them came by the barrel of gun, have metamorphosed to "civilian" presidents, and the new tact is change their constitutions to remove term limits to stay on for practically life-time. Are we going to attack them too? If not, then why the Ivory Coast? Who is driving this, ourselves or France and the USA? And for what reason, the oil of Ivory Coast?

Again where is the success of the AU and the ECOWAS? Stupid PM of Kenya was the first to call for military strike; however, his country is in a similar situation. He is power sharing with the incumbent why he wouldn’t call for a military strike on his country? Again next door to Kenya is Somalia. What has the AU been able to do in Somalia? Somalia is a failed state and that is exactly what we will get if we make the mistake of invading Ivory Coast. Gbagbo is not without support, he has the massive support of the south and the army. We might ignite genocide and massive bloodshed if we invade Ivory Coast and Ghana will not come off without a scratch, WE WILL BEAR MAJOR SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL COSTS for ourselves and our citizens in the Ivory Coast. Our oil rig and fields will be a fair game for the Ivorian military.

The Americans went into Iraq thinking it will be a piece of cake and they will be greeted with roses; ten years later it has taken a massive toll on their economy and lives running into billions of dollars and still counting. Today Iraq is ethnically and politically divided with no end in sight. Do we want such an outcome on our borders and not expect it will have impact on us?

War is very easy to start, but nobody has a control over how it will end and the shape it will take. The Ivory Coast is divided along ethnic and religious lines, practically down in the middle. Who are we to impose a new balance of power over there? It is not just about Gbagbo. It is the people stupid, and we must look before we jump. Dialogue is the way forward not invasion. Sanctions have been imposed on Gbagbo, why can't we wait to give it chance to work? Why are we rushing to invade the country when we have not even had chance to evaluate how the sanctions will work? France is the one pulling the strings here. They can't wait to get the Ivory Coast under their thumb again like it used to be. In Gbagbo they have run into a real Afrocentric individual who wants to break free from their neo-colonial yoke. This is what all these are about.

France’s failed colonial and post-colonial policies have come home to roost. We should not allow ourselves to be drawn to do somebody's dirty business. Their companies control the Ivory Coast to the hilt and they stand to reap hefty benefits at the outcome.

What is in it for Ghana? That is the question."


"Author: OYOKOBA
Date: 2011-01-07 18:51:13

I have read many of the comments so far offered on Mills' position but none digs deep enough.

I do not support Ghana joining the other Ecowas states to oust Gbagbo either. But the decision points sharply differ from that of President Mills.

I do think President Mills' position goes to the heart of voting irregularities in Africa and yes, Ghana too. Remember the heart of Gbagbo's intransigence is based on his deep belief that votes up north in his country, in the rebel held areas were rigged to favour Allassan Ouattara. Listening to Gbagbo's arguments has eerie resemblance and echo to charges often leveled at votes from NDC's World Bank in the Volta Region. Like the Volta Region the rebel held north of the Ivory Coast voted 96% in favour of Ouattara. In many places the number of votes cast far outweighed the number of voters in the voters register - a clear indication of ballot box stuffing in favour of Ouattara.

It seems to me Atta Mills is frightened by the prospects that the same arguments can be made against his party in the Volta Region. Should he agree to military intervention in the Ivory Coast he might be opening himself up to the same thing should the Volta World Bank "virus" continue to repeat itself.

This is my suspicion, and the reason why Mills is backing away from military intervention in the Ivory Coast. Our democracies are very weak at the foundations and the only way we can improve upon that is adopting high techs to ensure vote tempering do not occur."

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!!!


Pur'gu Saarpe!
Secretary to the Odikro, Nana Akyea Mensah II,

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