30 July 2012

Ghana: Did the President's Life Matter to Them?


Indeed Ghana has lost one of its finest sons in the person of the selfless law professor who passed on to eternity last Tuesday.

In the past few days, Ghanaians have demonstrated that beyond politics, which gets messy sometimes, we can resolve to rally on common ground to achieve the same purpose. All political parties have suspended all campaigning activities to mourn the death of the late President.

It is heart warming, the glowing tributes that continue to pour in from home and abroad about the personality of the law professor, who sacrificed his life for a country he so loved.

But, when the tears dry and the flowers wither, The Chronicle will be asking the hard questions and demanding full disclosure on the circumstances leading to the death of the President.

It is intriguing that people close to the late President have been telling Ghanaians about what they knew of the state of the president's health and the advice they offered him.

The two times Chief of Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces and current National Security Advisor, Brigadier-General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah (rtd), has been making some interesting revelations about his personal relationship with the late President.

Again, by Brigadier-General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah's narrations, we are told that the late President had at a point wanted to relinquish power, but he (Nunoo-Mensah) prevailed upon him to stay on.

The President, apart from his failing health which might have informed his decision to step down, had concerns about the increased attacks on his personality by a section of the public.

"He (Mills) told me, General, my wife has advised me to step down, but I (General Nunoo- Mensah) told him that God is in control and has put him there...so he can't leave and abandon his people," Nunoo-Mensah told a local radio station in Accra .

Again, we are told that the former First Lady, Mrs. Ernestina Naadu Mills, also requested that her husband step down on health grounds, so he could seek proper medical attention, but here again, the counsel of the wise men prevailed. There is a raging debate about how the people around the late President handled him on issues about his health, and for what purpose.

Going back to what former President Jerry John Rawlings has been telling Ghanaians about the people around the President, we have a fair view that at least he was surrounded by some individuals who were selfseeking, and to quote Mr. Rawlings, they are "greedy bastards."

A week's mourning has been declared, and arrangements made to find a resting place for the late President.

The Chronicle joins the country in these difficult times of grief, but when the tears go dry, we will be back to ask the difficult questions about the circumstances leading to the death of our President.

We will peel the mask off the issues and personalities who are claiming to love the late President more than God himself.

After all, did the President's life matter to them?

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