… With Revolution Threat
…The same Rawlings who overthrew Akufo-Addo’s maternal uncle and shot him at firing squad
The warning fired by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the prevailing subculture of impunity under President Akufo-Addo is impregnating the air with revolutionary temptations was like the mentioning of dry bones in a conversation with an old lady.
The Gazette has picked up info that Flagstaff House has since become fidgety with the President angry at what he sees as the NDC’s escalation of politics to the extremes.
Unconfirmed reports have it that President Akufo-Addo has even mentioned telephoning former President Rawlings to sulk for his sympathy and to ascertain that the fingers of Ghana’s most successful coupist and iconic revolutionist are not itching once more.
The President has a reason to be shaky because the General Secretary of the NDC, which is the eventual end-product of Rawlings’ successful 1979 revolution, has warned that the NDC might be constrained to start a social revolution soon.
“The NDC wishes to send a very loud message to President Akufo-Addo that; Enough is Enough!!!!!!
“The NDC will sooner than later, if this level of impunity persists, be compelled to engage in a legitimate social revolution to protest the inability of President Akufo-Addo to protect the good people of this country,” a statement signed by Johnson Asiedu Nketia read.
The statement, which was issued on the 31st of May, had been themed by insecurity because of the dastardly lynching of an army officer, Capt. Maxwell Mahama, earlier in the week. But it had also captured the growing public sentiment of fast dwindling confidence in the NPP government.
President Akufo-Addo is said to have been shocked by the statement, regarding its tone and slant towards revolution as rather farfetched and reckless; more so, as the Akufo-Addo regime is fouling up on so many fronts in statecraft.
The regime is openly nepotistic with the government dominated by family members of the President – from the Finance Minister to the Attorney General through to the Inspector General of Police among many others. In what has come to be derogatorily referred to as ‘“Akufocracy” – government of the Akufos, by the Akufos, for the Akufos,’ even the recently appointed Chief Justice is a sister of the President.
In less than six months in office, the Akufo-Addo regime has also shown to be corrupt with the Finance Minister, the President’s cousin, embroiled in a dirty sale of $2.25billion bond to a company in which his business partner is a director.
Also, since the investiture of the President on 7th January, the Akufo-Addo regime has superintended over a culture of impunity with members of the party’s goon squad, Delta Force, walking free after overthrowing court proceedings to free colleagues standing trial for assaulting a regional security coordinator.
As the Delta Force goon’s release from the hold of the law attracted condemnation from the United Nations, it has been public knowledge that after they had been arrested earlier, a bankroller of the NPP, Assin Central MP, Ken Agyapong, had swore to disallow the prosecution of the goons.
In addition to all these, the regime has also refused to prosecute actors of government who have been alleged to have masterminded the murder of the ruling party’s Upper East Regional Chairman, Adams Mahama in 2015.
It is in expression of anger over the state of affairs under Akufo-Addo’s Presidency that General Mosquito, on Wednesday released a statement warning that the culture of impunity is ripening the times for a revolution.
The statement is said to have shocked the President who is said to think that the revolution rhetoric was totally uncalled for. The President’s shake in his boots is believed to have led to a telephone conversation with former President Rawlings.
As Ghana’s most successful coupist, Rawlings has two overthrows under his belt, with one being the ousting of the erstwhile Supreme Military Council (SMC) which had been led by Gen. Fredrick William Kwesi Akuffo, a paternal uncle of the current President.
Upon the overthrow of Akufo-Addo’s uncle in 1979, Flt. Lt. Rawlings, had gone on to arraign Lt. Gen. Fredrick Akuffo and two other former Heads of State, Gen. Ignatius Kutu Acheampong and Lt. Gen. Akwasi Amankwaa Afrifa at the Teshie Military Range and shot them by firing squad.
Poignantly, Gen. Kutu Acheampong would, later, also become a posthumous in-law of President Akufo-Addo as Nana had ended up marrying Acheampong’s niece, Eleanor Nkassah-Gyamina. Eleanor would later die from alleged spousal beatings at the hands of Akufo-Addo.
In addition to the three former Heads of State, Rawlings had also executed five senior Military officers for corruption.
Jerry John Rawlings had then gone on to form the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) which had handed over power to Hilla Limann after Mr. Limann’s People’s National Party (PNP) had won power in September of the same year.
However, on 31st December, 1981, Rawlings would remove Limann in a bloodless coup, form the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC) which would go on to rule for 11 years and then metamorphose into the National Democratic Congress (NDC), as Rawlings beat a path to democratic rule by ushering in the 4th Republic.
It is with this antecedence of the NDC that its General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, aka, General Mosquito, is recently warning President Akufo-Addo that there is high temptation in the air for a revolution, as a result of a culture of impunity under his rule.
“The NDC will sooner than later, if this level of impunity persists, be compelled to engage in a legitimate social revolution to protest the inability of President Akufo-Addo to protect the good people of this country,” the NDC statement had said.
Apparently this has made the President fidgety in the Flagstaff House.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Fiifi Samuels