Northerners Feel Like Seceding From Ghana

– PNC Guru Reveals

…Over Quaitoo’s dirty ethnocentric insult

National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah, has told of a dangerous open murmur that is currently circulating in parts of the Northern Region after it was fomented by nasty ethnocentric comment that a former deputy Minister of Agriculture, William Quaitoo, made against Northerners recently.

Apparently, even as the one who defecated is poised to move on, the one who had to clean the excreta, is having an uphill task letting go, and so our compatriots in some parts of the three northern regions are openly clamoring for secession.

“I just returned from the Upper West this morning and if you listen to local stations, people were already calling for secession. They say that ‘look, if our brothers in the south will be looking down upon us with the many pronouncements in the past, look the north is bigger than some countries in the world and the north should think about seceding,’” Mr. Bernard Mornah told Accra- based Radio Gold yesterday.

The unhealthy development, which comes to add to secessionist agitations that are already picking up in the Volta Region, happens to be the swansong of William Quaitoo, who resigned as deputy Agriculture Minister yesterday.

The man shocked the whole country when he went on radio and stereotyped Northerners as lying malingerers and cantankerous people.

Mr. Quaitoo, a hitherto obscure jack-in-office, disparaged Northerners to such insufferable extreme simply because it was his opinion that reports about continuous devastation by fall army worms were lies.

“Our brothers [in Northern Ghana], it is so difficult to deal with them. I lived there for 27 years, I speak Dagbani like a Dagomba and all that. They are very difficult people. Nobody can substantiate. If anybody says that his farm was destroyed by armyworm, the person would have to come and prove it. We have no records of that. It’s just a way of taking money from the government; that’s what they do all the time!”

The stereotype, straightaway, incurred the man condemnation, as a groundswell of pressure mounted for his removal from office. Mr. Quaitoo eventually resigned yesterday.

But Mr. Bernard Mornah, in response, said the resignation has not been assuaging enough.

“I thought that the day this pronouncement was made, the President should have gone ahead to show class that you are intolerant of comments that could lead to division,” Mr. Mornah said.

According to him, the mere fact that President Akufo-Addo had waited and given the ethnocentric man the luxury to resign shows that the President does not respect his own Vice, Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, a thoroughbred Northerner from Tatale.

Mr. Mornah, who appears to have spoken the minds of many Northerners, including Alhaji A.B.A. Fuseini of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), said the President did not show leadership in the matter.

“It is strange that the Vice President, who is a Northerner, the President would supervise a deputy Minister who insulted the entire people of the North, including the Vice President, and the President is waiting for the person to resign, that is not leadership enough.”

Pointing out that the former deputy Minister had showed ignorance in lumping people from all the three northern regions together and stereotyping them as liars, Mr. Mornah inferred that the deputy Minister’s use of his 27-year stay in the Northern Region does not mean that he knows the people of the Upper East and Upper West regions.

He explained that the clamor for secession by angry Northerners, over the issue is not just a fly-off the handle but a break of the camel’s back.

Mr. Mornah reminded that prior to Quaitoo, many leading members of the NPP had postured stereotypically in attempt to demean people from other tribal extractions, most especially Northerners.

Among others, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Minister of Communications, is on record to have stereotyped Northerners as cattle herders.

The ruling party’s most prominent loose cannon, Kennedy Agyapong, is also on record to have called Northerners ‘Ntafuor’ (hilly-billies).

Selfsame Ken Agyapong is on record to have declared ethnic mass murder against Gas and Voltarians in the Ashanti Region.

The late Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, former National Chairman of the ruling NPP, in 2012, made a clarion call on Akans to rise up and forcibly take over the country, like Akans in Cote d’Ivoire had toppled President Laurent Gbagbo in the 2010 civil war.

In the build-up to the 2012 elections, Majority Leader, Osei Kyei- Mensah-Bonsu, had declared that no Ga was high profile enough in the NPP to be Running Mate to then Flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo.

Just last year, Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, was caught on tape declaring that only Akans deserve to rule Ghana because the preponderant quantity of Ghana’s resources is in Akan lands.

But the whole Akan supremacist mindset within the NPP was summed up by President Akufo-Addo himself when he declared at a campaign rally in the buildup to the 2012 elections that the NPP is a bona fide Akan heirloom (i.e. Yen Akanfuor die).

The insufferable Akan supremacist posturing by the rank and file of the NPP has since found expression in the Akufo-Addo government, which mainly has Akans as appointees, even though the Akyem blue-bloods are at the very top of the perking order.

This dangerous ethnocentric posturing has long inspired secessionist sentiments in parts of the Volta Region where some Ewes are clamoring for a new independent state of their own.

Interestingly, treasonable as these secessionist moves seem, President Akufo-Addo has sat cool, like a cucumber, doing nothing about it as the so-called Western Togoland secessionists avidly indoctrinate and make disciples on social media.

It is amidst this cocktail of potentially explosive ethnic upheaval that the same President Akufo-Addo’s Deputy Minister for Agriculture went to stereotype Northerners as malingering liars and cantankerous people.

According to Mr. Mornah, because of that bigotry, some Northerners are now openly clamoring for secession.



Source: Fiifi Samuels 


The Republic News Online

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