Every misfortune, they say is a blessing. I have never believed in this saying until that faithful day of July 24, 2012, when our dear President John Evans Atta Mills passed on to eternal glory.
Sacrifices have been made for the struggle against colonial and imperial rule, which eventually gave way for independence. People went to prison, some died in the fight for the restoration of democracy, but there is no singular sacrifice that can equal that of Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, his death is significant for so many reasons.
He lived his life and died for his dear nation that he loved so much.
You see, in my mind’s eye, I foresaw crisis looming as we approached the 2012 general elections. Chaos was eminent. I did not foresee the New Patriotic Party (NPP) conceding defeat to the National Democratic Congress (NDC), led by JEA Mills. If you doubt me listen to the war songs, like all-die-be-die, for the action troopers, etc.
The reason is simple; the Atta Mills-led government had created or had allowed the NPP to create mountains out of a mole and made the country so-ungovernable for the humble servant of the land, to the extent that any outcome that is not in their favour, would be met with violence and mayhem.
The fact that the erstwhile government of John Agyekum Kufuor was neck-deep in corruption, which became a campaign issue in 2008, and for which reason Ghanaians voted the NPP out of office, and not a single person have been convicted, despite overwhelming evidence, was an issue that would have come back to haunt Prof. Atta Mills.
The unresolved murders of the overlord of Dagbon traditional area, Ya-Na Yakubu Andani and Issa Mobila, the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), Northern Regional Chairman are raging issues that refuse to go, because Ghanaians and the families of these two eminent statesmen are still seeking justice. This was another unfulfilled campaign promise that the NPP was going to take advantage of.
The issue of the President’s health that was the subject of intense debate during the 2008 elections and which has come up as many times as I can keep count of since he assumed office in 2009, and is refusing to go away, could have come back to haunt him, as members of the opposition kept asking about the where about of the President.
As for the rumours about the fact that he is dead, the least said about that the better. The poor and innocent man was killed so many times until that faithful day of Tuesday of July 24, when he was finally called by his maker.
The 51 Million Ghana Cedis judgement debt payment to businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome that has become like the sword of Damocles and an albatross hanging on the neck of the President and to the extent that, according to the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) report, the President had asked on two occasions for the payment not to be made, and yet still Woyome was paid, was definitely going to be a campaign issue; it has been going on since 2011.
The fact that the President had shown enough commitment to get to the bottom of the issue is not enough to satisfy the NPP who have never seen anything good in that man.
The daily and weekly expose of judgement debt payment made to individuals and organizations, some of whom don’t deserve it has also been an issue.
What about the moronic, imbecile, citizen vigilante, Martin Amidu, who has become a thorn in the flesh of the Government and would not allow sleeping dogs lie, but constantly throwing up obnoxious claims and allegations that go to undermine the President and question his credibility.
The worst case scenario in all of these is the vitriolic and abusive attacks from the founder of the NDC and former President Jerry John Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, who have variously described the President and the government in so many derogatory, unpalatable and unwarranted manner.
The fact that the former First Lady Nana Konadu contested Prof. Mills, as a sitting President, for the flagbearership slot of the NDC for the 2012 elections left so much to be desired. It was evidently clear that the former first couple were hell-bent on making sure that the good Professor lost the 2012 election. After all Kofi Adams , the spokesperson of the former President Rawlings confirmed it in his conversation with Gabby Asare Otchere Darko of the NPP and the Danquah Institute (DI), when he said they would make sure President Mills is a one-time President.
Nana Addo and the NPP must be gnashing their teeth right now and cursing their stars, as we say in Ghana, they are going into the elections not with John Evans Atta Mills but with John Mahama. The question I ask is what would be their campaign message? Is it still going to be Woyome? Or would they still stick with the President’s health, or the admonishing of the former President Rawlings or the new message, which I would come to later, or the issue of the postmortem for the late President?
The time for the change of the mantle of leadership from the ‘Johns’ is not up yet, so until then Nana Addo, must keep dreaming.
If there is any country in this world that could claim God’s love, then it is Ghana. Like Kofi Coomson, owner of the Chronicle newspaper and a member of the NPP, said he cannot sleep with Nana Addo being the President of Ghana, it cannot be further from the truth, that because God himself cannot sleep should he allow Nana Addo to rule this country events after events are pointing to a highly likely situation where Nana Addo will never be Ghana’s President.
President Mills paid the highest and greatest price, for the survival of this country. God had to sacrifice him to save millions of Ghanaians both living and unborn. Our scarce resources need committed and selfless managers, not this 20,000 pounds sterling suit-wearing lawyers and bankers.
Anybody who is desperate for anything does not deserve it. God, it is said that, knows the heart of men, and he knows that Nana Addo is not what Ghanaians need at this time their life. He knows what is best for Ghana.
Nana Addo has served his purpose when this country needed men to stand up and be counted when the drums for the restoration of multi-party democracy were being sounded. The history of this country would not be complete without his name, which is as far as he can get.
As the President, John Dramani Mahama said during the one-week celebration of our departed President MIlls, the new generation has taken over the mantle of leadership from the older generation. Nana Addo’s contemporaries have all taken a back seat, mostly because they have served their purpose, and have nothing new to offer.
It is now time for the new generation to steer the affairs of this great nation. We have learnt, we have appreciated, I think it is about time, we take the commanding height. The future belongs to us, not Nana Addo.
Nana Addo has stayed in the game too long. After more than 35 years of active politics, I think he has overstayed his welcome.
I am sorry, but I think that is what the late Prof. Mills seem to be telling Nana Addo, when he passed suddenly and untimely. The presidency is done for him. How can you go into a battle with your son? Destiny is not on Nana Addo’s side, may be in another life, not this one.