Former President John Dramani Mahama raised a massive raucous at the funeral of the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem ll, yesterday, animating nostalgia with his presence that nearly resulted in a stampede at the somber event.
A development that has since been openly affirmative of Ghanaians’ desire to have him back as President, a massive cortege of mourners at the funeral suddenly got upset when he arrived as many elbowed their way through the crowds to mob him.
Police personnel on duty had a tough time controlling the excited crowds with some of them constrained to wriggle out of the way of the crushing throng which swarmed around the former President.
The situation, which had apparently not been anticipated led to improvisation, with members of the former President’s entourage, including former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, constrained to tackle and beat a path through the crowd before the former President could make it to a seat reserved for him.
Pictures of the event have since gone viral on social media, heavily taking the shine away from earlier visits by the incumbent President, Nana Akufo-Addo, and his Vice, Mahamudu Bawumia, whose visit had been comparatively uneventful.
As Ashanti Region is the heartland of NPP support, some trolls on social media have been in the form of the analogy that the ruling NPP’s Jericho is trembling even ahead of the 2020 elections.
President Akufo-Addo and his vice, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who made many utopian promises to Ghanaians during the 2016 elections, have since coming into office only succeeded in turning Ghana into a dystopia.
Cost of living has skyrocketed, with fuel and utility prices, which the NPP had boasted it would bring down in the first year of its administration if it was voted for, rather shooting through the roof.
Amidst the unbearable turnout, the NPP government has also inflicted a lot of insecurity on Ghanaians, with goon squads sponsored by the ruling party, terrorizing citizens all over the country.
Meanwhile, the same government has become corruption scandal- prone, with scandals, including Vice President Bawumia’s pay out of Ghc15million to a crony company for an app that already exists for free, as highlight.
Under the NPP, statecraft has been reduced to slapstick comedy, while the government is a total nepotism, made up of the President’s family members, friends, ex-girlfriends and baby mamas.
The nostalgia for President Mahama’s return has been stirring among Ghanaians for some time now, a thing that has put the NPP government on tenterhooks and led to a cantankerous disposition towards President Mahama.
Ahead of President Mahama’s visit to the Asantehemaa’s funeral, for instance, the NPP government had sponsored stories in some tabloids that are affiliated to the ruling party, claiming President Mahama had organized his supporters to throng the funeral in shirts branded with his image to give him support.
However, the mob that had been animated by his arrival at the funeral had been only mourners who were in traditional mourning clothes. The former President had gone to Kumasi to mourn with the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll, after he had arrived from abroad.
Prior to that eventful visitation by the former President, incumbent President Akufo-Addo had visited the funeral twice but his presence had failed to move the crowd the way President Mahama’s presence did.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Stan Adotey