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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Comment: Re: To Okoampa-Ahoofe: one request

Comment: Re: To Okoampa-Ahoofe: one request

a companion of the black star,

Hi Kofi,

I personally found your take on Akufo-Addo's gaffe rather too mild! Your opening paragraph syas it all:

"I am sure that in his heart of hearts, Akufo-Addo will not wish blood and mayhem on innocent Ghanaians. We all know he really wanted to say his party would not tolerate any violence during the elections and is prepared to defend itself if any such violence is visited on it."

The reason why Akufo-Addo's "All Die Be Die" speech is reprehensible is basically because this is the first time since Ghana became an independent country that we see a Ghanaian Presidential candidate openly identifying himself with an ethnic group and calling for the blood of those he perceives to enemies of his "tribe"!

There is no way this spade is going to be called a shovel! Akufo-Addo's intemperate, ethnocentric, irresponsible calls for violence and inter-ethnic strife ought to be identified for what it is, and be called into question. It is bad enough even as a slip of the tongue, and apology, even at that point, would have been appropriate and expected!

To the utter dismay, shock, and disgust, Mr. William Kofi Addo-Danquah Akufo-Addo repeated those offensive words a few more times before someone slapped him on the hand to put a stop to it!

He has so far stubbornly and arrogantly refused to withdraw those words nor render any apologies to the good and peace-loving people of Ghana! Instead, he tones down his rhetoric, goes to embrace the President publicly, and begins to pray for non-Akans involved in motor traffic accidents! The last time we heard of him, it was:

"The 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has expressed gratitude to God for “protecting the lives” of the Majority Leader and a Deputy Minister who were both involved in separate road accidents over the weekend.

Mr. Cletus Avoka, Majority Leader in Parliament, survived a serious accident on the Navrongo-Zebila Road on Saturday, which resulted in him being hospitalised."

He is definitely feeling the heat from his own stupidity, but he is far too arrogant to apologize for it! Your article was the best attempt I have seen so far that tries to take the heat off his back. I did not like your conclusion though. Ghana's political contest for the Presidency is not a beauty pageant! You rather deviously succeeded in bringing Akufo-Addo back into the race by making excuses for his monumental gaffe.

I am very happy that you pleased nobody in the long run with your "non-partisan" article. I was as much unhappy with it as Okoampa is, albeit for different reasons.

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!!!


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