Akufo Addo
Akufo Addo

A celebrated political science lecturer is counseling Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, 2016 flag bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party, to publicly recant his ?all-die-be-die? mantra if he wants Ghanaians to honestly take his caution against political violence serious.

wpid-Nana-Akufo-Addo-300x168.jpgAccording to the well-read political scientist, who does not want his name mentioned, Ghanaians will only emulate and abide by what their leaders say when ?they see clear signs of commitment on their part, on what they say and preach and are prepared to live it.?

In an exclusive interview with The aL-hAJJ in Accra last week, the political scientist said, he was elated when Nana Akufo-Addo took the opportunity at the late Adams Mahama?s final funeral rites in Bolgatanga to preach against political violence in any form.

?At that moment I was so happy, but my joy was short lived and indeed, Nana Addo would have won my full admiration and I believe that of many Ghanaians if he had used the occasion to denounce his ill informed ‘all-die-be-die’ statement?,? a declaration he made in the run-up to the 2012 general elections.

?It was an appropriate forum for him to do so. He needs to take off that tag by publicly apologizing to Ghanaians for that highly inflammatory statement,? he added.
The political scientist?s advice was in reaction to Nana Akufo-Addo?s condemnation of violence as an option to resolving political disputes at the final funeral rites (Adua) of the former Upper East regional Chairman of the NPP, Adams Mahama.
Alhaji Adams Mahama was recently bathed in acid by persons suspected to be members of his party, the NPP, resulting in his subsequent death. His attack was believed to have been informed by fracas between him and the party?s National chairman Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong, general secretary, who were later barred from attending his funeral.

Speaking at the Bolgatanga Jubilee Park, Nana Addo appealed to his party supporters to tolerate each other and always resolve political disputes amicably.

?I make a heartfelt appeal to all of us to recognize and accept that violence cannot and should not be the manner of resolving political disputes in our country.

??What is more, my friends, the concept of an eye for an eye in dealing with wrongs, will leave all of us blind,? he stated.

It would be recalled that the NPP flag bearer was caught on a secret tape ahead of the 2012 elections lamenting “They have made up their minds that they are going to intimidate us in 2012. I sometimes explain this as they claim that we Akans are cowards. They argue that if one is able wound one or two of us and we see blood, then all the rest of us remaining take to our heels! Is that so? Well, we shall see! Atiwa was an example?, we taught them a lesson, it was a little illustration of this. During the by-elections at Atiwa we did “something small” that showed a little bit of us. And so we have to understand that this party was formed by brave men. Our elders, who formed this party which is now the biggest political party in Ghana, were not people who were hiding under beds! The courage that is needed now to face the 2012 elections is ‘All die be die! All die be die!’ Nobody is a manly more than his fellow man! Nobody more is manly than the other. No matter how tall you are, no matter how small you are in size, by God’s plan, all of us are endowed with exactly the same thing. You cannot tell us that you have three inside yours. All of us have how many? Two! Ha! ha! ha! So we are going to pick up courage. Ghanaians need us to come back to power. Whatever courage we need to stand firmly and to ensure that we come back to power in 2012, we are going to have to do it!

His comments ignited similar comments by leading members of his party including Assin Central MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyepong, Anthony Karbo, and Sammy Awuku among others. When there were numerous calls on him to retract and apologize for his reckless comments, Nana Akufo-Addo won?t budge.

However, in a recent interview with Bola Ray of Starr FM ‘drive time’ fame, Nana Akufo-Addo subtly attempted recanting, albeit with lame explanations when asked whether he had any regrets about the infamous ?all die be die? fatwa?

Left with no option to dodge, Nana Addo paused a few seconds and said, ?What I regret is that at the time, I didn?t use the occasion to explain what had happened because it?s been twisted as if I was saying something tribalistic; or I was saying something warlike and provocative.?

But the political scientist rubbished Nana Akufo-Addo?s clarification, saying ?he (Nana Akufo-Addo) would have done himself a great deal of service if he had boldly apologized for that unfortunate and reckless comment. Since he missed that opportunity, it is not too late he can still apologize if not nobody will take his admonishments on political violence serious. His own party folks will not take him serious if he refuses to do that,” he added.

source: the alhajj


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