……Commander-In-Chief of GAF prefers to be in Europe instead
The Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces will not be available at the burial of his slain soldier, Capt. Maxwell Mahama, who had lost his life in the line of duty!
On Friday 9th June, when the whole nation, including a military that is distraught and seething with anger, come together to gather up the late Captain and hand him over to the ages, his Commander-in-Chief will be absent.
A shocking announcement that has been made by the President himself serves notice that Akufo-Addo will be in Europe on the day the murdered Captain will be interred.
Nobody knows exactly what assignment is so important in Europe that will keep the President away from paying his last respects to a gallant young soldier whose life was snuffed out like a candle in the wind while on assignment to safeguard a resource that is vested in the President.
The Republic is hearing on the grapevines that the President may be off to Europe on one of his numerous secret appointments with doctors, but even this rumor has been countered by sources in government who say Akufo-Addo, as leader of Ghana, now has his doctors at his beck and call with means to jet them in from the UK anytime he wishes.
According to the President, whose position as Commander-in-Chief of the army naturally makes him Chief Mourner in the funeral of the slain soldier, he will only be able to attend a memorial for the late soldier on Sunday.
The shocking announcement comes at a time that a former revolutionist, Capt. (Rtd) Osahene Boakye Gyan, has warned the President to either take proper charge of the Military as Commander-in-chief or step down.
Poignantly, the murder of the late Maxwell Mahama had been instigated by an executive of the President’s ruling party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
William Baah, the Assemblyman for Diaso, who had organized the mob to lynch Captain Mahama, is also the Branch Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the area, the same ruling party, whose MP for Assin Central is on record to have said in 2016 that the NPP would lynch soldiers.
The factuality of the President’s party members being linked with the murder of the late soldier makes it imperative for him to act more sensitively to underscore that the murder is regrettable, but strangely Akufo-Addo is more interested in jetting off to Europe than staying to pay his respects.
The late Captain Mahama had been lynched at Denkyira Boase in May this here while he was in the area as Commander of an anti galamsey detachment. The lynching, which was captured on video, shows that the murderers had first bludgeoned the late soldier with sticks and stones and humiliatingly undressed him before torching his body.
The barbarity of the incident has since left serious tension within the ranks of the Military with the late Captain’s colleagues in the 5th Infantry Battalion said to be beside themselves with the most anger.
Under the circumstance, it was expected that their Commander-In-Chief, would be the most calming influence and that Akufo-Addo would use the funeral and burial to rally the rest of the army behind a peaceful rehabilitation of the late soldier’s memory.
Like Abraham Lincoln had used the carnage at Gettysburg to deliver one of the most iconic Presidential speeches of all time, observers were expecting that President Akufo-Addo would use the occasion of the funeral and burial of the slain Captain to make an oratorical imprint on history.
As it shockingly turns out however, jetting off to Europe on burial day is more important to the President than fulfilling the crucial responsibility of a Commander-In-Chief and Chief Mourner of the slain soldier.
The President at the one week commemoration of the late soldier’s death in his house had announced that he would be in Europe at the time of the burial ceremony for the late Captain on Friday.
In his place, the President announced that the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and his wife, the First Lady, would lead government delegation at the burial. More so, he had announced that that Government delegation would include Ministers including Dominic Nitiwul and Peter Amewu.
Dominic Nitiwul, Minister of Defense and John Peter Amewu, Minister for Lands had claimed, a few days before the lynching of the late Captain who was in deployment in the Upper Denkyira area as head of an anti galamsey taskforce that, the Military had deployed soldiers like Maxwell Mahama to protect illegal miners.
Upon the murder of the late soldier too, President Akufo-Addo’s District Chief Executive for Upper Denkyira West, Daniel Appianing, had also claimed that the slain soldier had been protecting galamseyers.
The insulting claims had made soldiers even angrier and stoked tensions among their ranks.
It was expected that as the Police round up suspects, the President, would lead an effort to make his troops peacefully deal with the gruesome murder but the Commander-in-Chief rather seems more interested in traveling to Europe at this crucial hour.
At the one week commemoration of the death of the late Capt. Maxwell Mahama Nana Akufo-Addo rather announced that he would only be able to attend a subsequent memorial for the slain soldier on Sunday.
The occasion had also seen him announce a posthumous promotion of the late Captain to the rank of Major, the setting up of a Ghc500,000 trust fund for the late soldier’s widow and children to be managed by a bipartisan Board of Trustees and an intent to erect a monument in his honor.
Observers are wondering why the President could announce all these beautiful things in the memory of the late Captain but cannot bring himself to stay through his burial for just a day.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Fiifi Samuels