Mills: heart of a coward, spirit of a sycophant!

Sat, 23 Apr 2011 Source: Amenga-Etego, SaCut

Dear President Mills,

Warm regards and season’s greetings to you from one of your courageous party

youth who have followed your reign and written several letters to your

Excellency, expressing my most sincere views and opinions regarding the current

state of affairs in the NDC party and government. I have been chastised in the

past by your blind loyalists and supporters who accuse me of insolence in my

open letter communications with the President of the land. I’m sure they’re

confusing my plain courageous talk with insolence. Nonetheless, I have taken

notice of that, and therefore will choose my words carefully, albeit succinctly.

But let it be on record; I’m not anti- Atta Mills as people have conveniently

been peddling around. I have simply been against many of your decisions,

actions/or inactions, choices and utterances based on the principles that I know

should guide you as president from the NDC party. I believe in giving people the

chance to try. I have voted for Prof Mills since 2004 and I will vote for you

again if in the unlikely event that NDC delegates genuinely decide on July 8

that you should continue to lead the NDC to 2012 general election because, then,

my loyalty to the NDC will leave me with no choice. But I’m working against that

happening because I believe you have tried your very best but your effort is not

enough and your aptitude on the job has been appalling- to say the least. Your

mandate cannot be renewed by any prudent people- unless we want disastrous

results in the 2012 general election. The NDC party can offer better leadership

to Ghanaians than that which we get from you President Mills right now.

Mr. President, the last time I wrote to you was mainly to lament your

impregnable resolve to ignore wise counsel and unarguably rich experience from

the NDC founder and former Ghanaian President Jerry John Rawlings- the man who

gave your greatest opportunity to political office. I also decried the last

time obvious instances of your attempt to shift away – insensitively- from the

very fundamental ideals, values, principles or moral virtues that form the

bedrock of the NDC of which you lead incompetently right now.

I particularly challenged your Excellency to openly demonstrate your loyalty and

conviction to the NDC ideals. I even suggested to the chagrin of your blind

supporters and avowed loyalists that your NDC ID card is taken away from you by

the party’s secretariat for treating the NDC ideals with disdain. I still stand

by this today because the situation has only gotten worse. Only this time, I’m

asking the NDC delegates to reject your bid to perpetuate your reign of


Mr. President, it is also obvious that you’re exploiting religion- or

Christianity- as ‘opium of the masses’ to create the false impression in the

minds of Ghanaians that you’re a good man, and the rest of us who are making

different suggestions including the NDC founder are bad people. I’m not sure

what moral code that guides your leadership decisions which encourages you to

shake hands with the murderers in our society? I don’t know which moral code

guides you to sit down with the plunderers of our national resources? I don’t

know Mr. President what moral code guides you to hang your opponent’s or enemy’s

picture on your wall and regard him as your hero? What moral code encourages you

to abandon your original context, even denying the sacrifices of your

benefactors prior to your assumption of office as president? What morale code

teaches you to refuse to keep your word to the people whose benevolence put you

in office, and yet, expecting unconditional following? What I know is what an

Italian political philosopher said that ‘those who enter politics must be

prepared to leave their scruples at the door’.

Yes, by all means, let God help you fight. And yes, let God be your guide for

ultimate goodness. But like King David in the Bible who went to fight Goliath

the Philistine giant with ‘guidance from God’, he still went to battle with a

sling and a stone- even a knife so he could cut off the head after killing

Goliath- just in case. That was King David’s idea. Not God’s. Yet God was with

him. President Mills where are your ‘own arms’ to succeed as president apart

from God’s guidance? I don’t believe you have any, and that’s why you should be

giving way now for a new leader of the NDC.

I want to ask you Mr. President; have you ever had your Chief murdered in broad

day light before your very own eyes? Or your brother brutally murdered in

military detention for exercising his right of political association and without

any justice? Have you ever been sacked from your job, and your wife and children

unable to feed, and are destitute for a bed to sleep all because you believed

and espoused the ideals and principles of the National Democratic Congress or

because you don’t belong to the New Patriotic Party? Have you ever gone homeless

from not paying your rent because you worked for GHANA AIRWAYS which got run

down and liquidated by public/NPP government officials based purely on avarice

and who shared the state assets and set up their own private caricature called

GHANA INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES? If you have not Mr. President, then you are not a

judge of those who have- the people you have denied. But if you have, and yet,

you still shake hands with these murderers and plunderers, saboteurs and pure

criminals then Mr. President you don’t deserve your title- in my books. And any

leaders who do this obviously have the heart of a coward and the spirit of a

sycophant. That answers why Mr. President, you only listen to those who sing

your praises and you disregard- with disdain- some of us who refuse to flatter

you since it is neither in our nature nor nurture to do so.

I hope you are not surprised at the level of internal resistance to your reign

of exclusionism, unfaithfulness, ingratitude, vindictiveness, disloyalty or

rather obscene loyalty, betrayal and usurpation, lack of courage to do what is

prudent? I sincerely hope you couldn’t be naïve to assume that after all this

betrayal; the people will remain unquestionably loyal? You choose to align

yourself with the few nobles around you- preferring to please them and prove

your ‘manliness’ and independence.

The power came to you from the people and you can’t resist it when they’re

forced by your actions to desert you. Not even your orchestrated farcical

nationwide endorsements from a few ‘squealers’ in your team can sway the power

of the people. This resistance is coming in the form of a whirlwind in a storm.

And it is led by the youth with a consecrated determination to restore

integrity, loyalty and unity. We also intend to make history in the process.

Between and above all, this resistance, unprecedented as it may be, should lead

to the restoration of the TRUE NDC VALUES without compromise- those that you

have conveniently buried since you became president.

What sort of people have you surrounded yourself with Mr. President? Are these

the finest people you can fine to help you achieve your goals? Or these are the

loudest praise singers? How can these people say in opposition that they want to

change the ‘revolutionary vocabulary’ of the NDC through the ‘new NDC’ where

words like ‘CADRES’ were replaced in our manifesto language with ‘FOOT SOLDIERS’

(one who fights principally on foot, not a vehicle) and today in power; these

same people including the Vice President John Mahama, National chairman Dr.

Kwabena Adjei, Nii Lantey Vanderpure, James Agyenim Boateng and many others have

publicly posited that the people called FOOT SOLDIERS don’t exist and that it is

completely alien to the NDC. They now say that the mass followers of the party

are known as CADRES and not FOOT SOLDIERS. They want to wish away the people who

gave you power by changing their name. They’re so idle they now even play with

words. Convenient! What sort of CADRES who disassociate themselves with June4

anniversary Or 31 DEC. movement anniversary commemoration? Then which revolution

are you defending? Is this the so-called ‘new NDC’ who think that sitting in

vehicles with president Mills and moving around the country make them the

greatest contributors to the NDC 2008 victory and therefore deserve the most

privileges and courtesies under this administration- greater than those who made

it on FOOT, organized on the ground, walked from house to house and bringing the

crowds to listen to the message and faced all the hostilities of the opponent,

and kept the vigil at every polling station around the nation on election night

to ensure the sanctity of the ballot. How much more naïve can your team become?

Please tell Koku Anyidoho to redirect his mis-communications from the castle.

The bid of NANA KONADU AGYEMAN-RAWLINGS is a necessary and natural response to

the resistance being put up at the grass roots against your establishment.

Someone must rise to the occasion- and timely too. And I believe the woman can

do it, which is what we all want- someone who can do it. The resistance is not

coming from the AIRWAVES. And that is why is it not only futile, but a waste of

everybody’s time to try to quell the people’s resistance from the AIRWAVES

and/or mass media with these farcical endorsements. In my books, these panic

reactions from day one when the signs began to appear on the walls of an eminent

challenge to the NDC leadership only exposes President Mills as an effeminate

leader who definitely does not inspire, and is not admired by the mass followers

of the NDC including myself. This gives more credence to the need to change

leadership in our party, to go for a stronger, more courageous personality we

can trust.

Mr. President, There are those few who flatter you and will continue to do so.

They have been flattering you all along in order not to lose their crumbs. What

you needed to do was to listen to the unflattering voices within the party- the

true voices that gave and can take away the power from you. But your own nature

and your flatterers have succeeded in disallowing you from remembering this

important TRUTH. And now Mr. President, you have to find the words in the

spirit of TRUE DEMOCRACY to convince the delegates of the NDC on why you should

not be rejected and ostracized by the party for giving us a cowardly heart and a

sycophantic spirit for leadership. And please Mr. President, you cannot find

refuge in ‘MONEYCRACY’ because the soul of the NDC is not for sale.

Courageously yours,

SaCut Amemnga-Etego (YFL General Secretary and NDC Youth activist)

020-726 7072


Columnist: Amenga-Etego, SaCut