Michael Jarvis Bokor,
Folks, it has been reported that a group of mourners in Kumasi hooted at President Mahama when he showed up at the funeral grounds to participate in the mourning of the Bantamahene, Baffour Asare Owusu Amankwatiah V.
According to Nhyira FM’s Ruthy Danielson, who was at the funeral grounds, the mourners – clad in black and carried the flag of the NPP – started hooting at the President after the arrival of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo at the funeral grounds.
Their reason? “… President Mahama declared President Mahama a persona non-grata at the funeral grounds as according to them, the President had previously spoken ill of the people of Kumasi.
“What are you doing, you claim we are ungrateful beings who would never appreciate whatever you do for us, even if you tar our roads with gold, we would never appreciate your efforts, so what are you doing here….,” Ruthy quoted some of the angry mourners as saying to the President.
The incident involving the so-called machomen of the NDC and the NPP was also reported. (See http://www.ghanaweb.com/…/NewsArchive/Mahama-hooted-at-in-K…)
Folks, I see nothing wrong with citizens protesting at whatever they consider as “unsavoury” coming from their leaders. After all, human feelings are obviously involved in anything that is politically constructed and delivered.
Ghanaians know much about how previous leaders had been treated (Dr. Nkrumah not only bad-mouthed by his political opponents but also targeted for assassination; Dr. Busia openly insulted by those in Accra who would line up on the Accra-Odorkor road to shout “Busia n’ano gbontui…” anytime he moved from his Odorkor residence to office and back; Acheampong’s own worries; Dr. Limann’s woes; Rawlings’ own batch of calumny; Atta Mills’ version of the bad-mouthing; and now John Mahama’s). Not strange to me.
I am waiting to hear what the Asantehene will say in reaction. After all, President Mahama attended the event at his invitation, and he can’t claim to be apolitical on this occasion not to comment on the happening. After all, the cause is said to be President Mahama’s “unpalatable” comments about the ingratitude of Asantes. And Otumfuo is the primus inter paris among the Asantes!!
What I find really despicable about this Bantama happening is the fact that those alleged to have hooted at President Mahama were carrying the NPP’s flag. Akufo-Addo is known for turning funeral occasions/venues into political campaign hustings. If the Bantama incident is anything to go by at all, it only substantiates long-held suspicion that the NPP is really desperate and will do anything at all to make its presence felt.
Unfortunately, making that presence felt through uncouth behaviour of this sort won’t earn it any political capital. It will only add to its woes.
I urge President Mahama not to be perturbed by such roguery but to press on with his government’s agenda of reforming Ghana and transforming lives. At the end of the day, he will continue to stand fall taller than his desperate opponents. May God continue to strengthen you, Mr. President.