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Mahama “Thanks” Us for Mills’ Bizarre Death

Sat, 25 Aug 2012 Source: Mensema, Akadu N.

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, PhD

**President John Mahama, please, stop your thank you funeral-defined touring

cacophony and its misuse of national resources. It is time to settle down to the

management of the state! If you have chosen not to investigate the circumstances

surrounding Atta Mills’ death, don’t tell us that you are touring Ghana to thank

Ghanaians for their contributions to the state burial of Mills. You already did that

via national TV broadcast. You are touring for a self-serving reason: campaign for

the votes of benighted and impoverished Ghanaians. You are fooling Ghanaians by

thanking them for being silent accomplices in the death of Mills, their elected

president, who died in the bloody slave Castle, was quietly smuggled out in an SUV

without a motorcade, and unaccompanied by any official Aide to the Maternity Ward of

37 Military Hospital. It is only in wretched Ghana where mediocrity is a celebrated

science that this could happen. Yes, we knew that Mills was

sick, but the NDC hawks told us that Mills was as fit as a Castle lizard and that

that he could jog like lizards on the Castle walls. Death is inevitable, but the

unusual circumstances of the death of Mills and how it was handled by the NDC do

not warrant your hypocritical and self-absorbed “Thank You Tours.”

President Mahama you sound just like some of our past leaders who perceived and

exploited Ghanaians for being a bunch of passive benighted people willing to chorus

“eny3 hwee,” “saa na ete,” “fama Nyame,” “Gyae na enka,” Abi, make you leave them,”

Na so eday oh, etc. Unless we Ghanaians change our culture of reticence which allows

our leaders to thank us for taking us for silent fools, we shall forever remain in

the backwater of the world as dependent and clueless have-nots. We Ghanaians,

especially the so-called educated elites schooled in neocolonialisms and spoon-fed

with addictive hegemonic nonsense, always compare our sordid and reckless

postcolonial retrogression, what we call development and democracy, with those of

“Western” societies. Such comparisons are not only misguided, but laughable as well.

Let us be candid here: nowhere in the “Western” world would the bizarre

circumstances surrounding Mills’ death go away

without any questions asked as if it is like the rising and the setting of the sun

– a natural everyday phenomenon! Investigating Mills’ death will help us to

understand, for instance, the reasons for the inability of the Castle mafia and

staff to be there for Mills when he needed them the most and also to develop better

structures to avoid such despicable missteps in our history in the future.

“President John Dramani Mahama has defended the rationale behind his regional tour

to thank the people for their contribution towards the final funeral rites of the

late President Mills. “Traditionally when somebody helps you to perform a funeral of

a departed one, it is only fair that you thank the fellow, and so my tours are

justified,” President Mahama explained…at the Jackson Park in Koforidua, as part of

his Eastern Regional tour, said it was improper to go on air or on phone to thank

people who had contributed immensely in the performance of the funeral of the late

President” (Ghanaweb August 23, 2012).

I am Prez “Goodluck” Mahama

On TV, I said “Thank You”

To Ghanaians, foreigners

And I am still thanking you

I am on Thank You tours

Thanks for not listening to me

For not listening to the following:

Why & how Mills died

Why there were no Aides

Why there was no motorcade

Why there was no ambulance

Why Castle cameras didn’t work

Why Mills ended up in a Maternity Ward

Thank You for listening to my cacophony

Listen to me Ghanaians

I, Mahama, am shining like Mills

I am bright but dull, uninspiring

Brimming with Mills’ ineptitude

Brimming with Mills’ incongruities

It was improper, I said to you all

To thank you on national TV

But, I “Goodluck” Mahama did it

I, Mahama, went on air to thank you

I, Mahama, am now thank you tours

Yes, I am Goodluck Mahama

I, the author of the Coup

I, the author, am touring

Thank you to you all

For Mills’ death

For Mills’ funeral

For Mill’s burial

Oh! You did not HEAR me

You did not hear the Thank You

Okay, I plan to visit every corner

Of Ghana

To say Thank You

For Mills’ death

For burying Mills

For making me President

Nigerians have their Goodluck

Ah! I am Ghana’s Goodluck

So Here I come

Bearing Thank You

Thank you Tarkwa

We shall take your gold

We shall give it to Whites

The Chinese are welcome

Thank you Cape Coast

China will build a stadium for you

For free

Stadium that has it all

Water, electricity

Jobs, schools

Tea and Fante Dokono

Thank you Volta

I won’t let you down

You remained on course

Travelled like the sun

Under Kufour’s NPP

NPP didn’t let you down

Your JJ did let you down

Our Mills let you down

The least developed region

You are NDC’s World Bank

That the NDC made poor

That the NPP made rich

Provided better roads, water

Provided good schools

Provided Sea Defense

Provided public latrines

Provided Ho traffic lights

I know you Voltarians

You just like the NDC

It is innately political

It is your addictive cult

Of NDC’s deceitful promises

Thank you Koforidua

I came to Jackson Park

I saw Oboanoma

The center of cocoa

The center of wealth

Without wealth

Wealth paid to Woyome

The Koforidua flowers

Flowers have withered in Accra

I am Prez “Goodluck” Mahama

I am on Thank You tours

Thank you for listening to me

Listening to my cacophnoy

Thank You

*Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D., is a nationalist Denkyira beauty. She is a trained

oral historian cum sociologist and Professor in the USA. She lives in Pennsylvania

with her great mentor and teaches Africa-area studies at a college in Maryland. In

her pastime, she writes what critics have called “populist hyperbolic, satirical”

poetry. She can be reached at akadumensema@yahoo.com My poems and essays on Ghanaweb

and elsewhere must not be reproduced in full or in part for any academic or

scholarly work without my written permission.Top of Form

Columnist: Mensema, Akadu N.