Hearken The War Drums’ Sound

Mon, 10 Oct 2011 Source: The Informer


Hearken The War Drums’ Sound

The Ghanaian weary soul might now have become tired, dancing to the rhythms of war drums of discord, coming from the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP’s) backyard.

And the last thing Ghanaians would wish to toil with must be the relative peace prevailing in their country, today.

Ghana’s 2012 general elections may be 14 month away, but its aroma and stink are both with us in our daily hustle, as politicians and ordinary citizens.

The least, however, Ghanaians expert would be attempts by some politicians to feed the people, on daily basis with war, war and war; and no food, shelter and clothing.

It is few months ago when the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo–Addo invented his “All Die Be Die” belligerent mantra, calling on his supporters and sympathizers to yell it out at political rooftops.

And they have since formed at least, a group christened “All Die Be Die Club” awaiting the elections.

Nana called on the “Akanfuo” (Akans), not to hesitate to show their Akan-ness. Many people took Nana’s bluff as trash coming out of a rejected and frustrated politician, though.

Others think Nana was suffering from political exuberant symptom, they nicknamed “Elephantantasy”. However, many hydra-headed in the NPP frontline have since echoed and continue to echo Nana’s noise with belligerent abandon.

It was, however, the NPP chairman, Mr. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey’s analogy of defect connoting that Akans in the Ivory Coast might have played major role in the recent Ivory Coast’s war with itself, that ended up destroying the country‘s human and economic resources; and that Akan’s being dominant tribe in Ghana can unleash the same electoral mayhem on Ghanaians come December, 2012, that stirs the adrenaline of anxiety.

Although, Brother Obetsebi-Lamptey might have found life outside political office as hellish as he once said, ordinary Ghanaian would plead for Mr. O-Lamptey and his group to “live and let’s live: For his social status may be better than majority of Ghanaians who twist and squirm under the sledge hammer of Ghana’s man-made poverty, created by greedy politicians.

In fact, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey’s taunt carries more weight, being the son of the Obetsebi-Lamptey Snr. an Nkrumah contemporary and “Bomb Merchant” whose politics of war and “bomb-throwing antics couldn’t be divorced from the latter-disease that eventually killed the Osagyefo.

So let’s readers plead with Brother Jake O-Lamptey to live and let’s also live.

Columnist: The Informer