We have gone full circle and back to where it all begun about eight years ago. The New Patriotic Party (NPP) made a lot of noise about the ill-health of ex-president, John Evans Atta Mills.
Today, the table has turned and it is now the turn of president, Akufo-Addo, to feel the taste of his bitter medicine.
In June 2012, when President John Evans Atta Mills, was going to the United States of America (USA) for a routine medical check-up, the then opposition leader and now President, Akufo-Addo, issued a statement wishing him well.
He said in the statement that he hopes “the checks go well and he comes back fit and strong,” to continue his duties as the President of the country.
Over the weekend, they were speculations on social media that, the president had collapsed and was taken to the 37 Military Hospital and that he was to be flown to the United Kingdom (UK) for further treatment.
In an introductory comment on Monday, whilst addressing the launch of this year’s cyber security awareness week at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) President Akufo-Addo, said he went to the 37 Military Hospital to visit an in-law.
He said, the in-law had a hip operation and so he went there for a visit only for the news to spread that he had collapsed and taken to the hospital.
“My presence at the Military Hospital to visit my brother-in-law, the famous pilot, Captain Pius Mensah, who is unfortunately there for a hip operation, has been translated into my collapse on social media.
“All I can say is that those whose political fortunes depend on my ill health and my degeneration, all I can say is that we are all in the hands of God, Amen”, he said.
We think that the first gentleman’s frustration is metaphorical when juxtaposed against what he and his party did to Prof. Mills.
We should all remember the admonition of Prof. Mills, when he was asked about his health at a media encounter at the Osu Castle, he said, anyone, who does not have hospital card should step forward.
Now that president Akufo-Addo, has been exposed to the sort of propaganda that was served Prof. Mills, we hope this will end the discussion of the health of our leaders in the media.
We at this newspaper, however, wish him well.