There is something that never escapes the attention of Nana Akufo-Addo. In fact, if Nana Akufo-Addo is even deeply asleep I strongly believe he will always remember and wake up to execute that task. He is noted for fondly and jealously guarding that task so much so that sometimes in his haste and anxiety to execute that task, he sometimes thinks he is the president of this country.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am referring to Nana Akufo-Addo’s fondness for greeting world leaders when they win elections, organizations when they celebrate their anniversaries and countries when they observe their independent anniversaries. Do you remember presidential candidate, Akufo-Addo writing a letter to Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, after the ECOWAS leaders held a crisis meeting on the coup d’état in Mali? He simply wanted to look presidential and also to let his NPP folks know that he is on top of world issues.
In most cases, Akufo-Addo even issues congratulatory messages to organizations and individuals long before anybody else. When even Akwasi Appiah was appointed the Black Stars coach Akufo-Addo did not disappoint his NPP fans as he immediately issued a congratulatory message to him. Of course if you happen to be yearning for the presidency so badly, that is what you would normally do to stay in the news spotlight.
But something happened in far away France, regarded as the world’s ninth richest country in terms of GDP just this past Sunday. France’s incumbent conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy was badly bruised and defeated by Socialist Francois Hollande to become the country’s next president.
Following the win by Hollande he has received tons of congratulatory messages from world leaders and well-wishers including President Mills. But conspicuously missing from the pack is Nana Akufo-Addo; the number-one congratulatory message sender in Ghana’s history who would otherwise have sent his message just some few hours after Hollande was elected.
But I am hearing that Nana Akufo-Addo may have forgotten this time round to send a congratulatory message to France’s President-Elect Hollande due to the severe beatings and uppercuts which he received from the NDC last week. I am told Akufo-Addo is still recovering from the shock since his strategy of sending his number two Dr. Bawumia to do his dirty work by way of slamming the economic policies of the NDC fell flat and did not work. And to add to Nana’s woes his lame excuse for not condemning the inflammatory comment by Kennedy Agyapong did not sink well with Ghanaians.
Yet others are alluding to the fact that since the NPP is a conservative party just like Sarkozy’s, Nana is finding is extremely difficult to congratulate Hollande, the leader of the socialist party which dislodged Sarkozy’s conservative party from power, hence his decision to go mute again.
Nana Akufo-Addo is running a terrible presidential campaign which is going to cost him a great deal in the polls. Of course, if you surround yourself with little guys like Sammy Awuku and Karbo who are now fishing for bride prices, that is what you get. That is why Nana Akufo-Addo seems to be on the run all the time and care less to talk to Ghanaians and answer all the lingering questionable questions surrounding his character. And the usual mantra adopted by the NPP anytime questions are raised on Akufo-Addo’s character trait is to accuse the NDC of resorting to politics of insult.
With Akufo-Addo forgetting to salute President-Elect Hollande and also turning mute on all credible issues of the day, especially his refusal in commenting on Kennedy Agyapong’s divisive and hate speech, it seems there are so many things Akufo-Addo would be forgetting as the 2012 elections heats up. I would therefore, not be surprised if somebody asks Akufo-Addo when the 2012 elections would be held and Akufo-Addo answers, “It’s in court, it’s in court, so I cannot comment on it.”
Please keep smiling until you hear from me again concerning Akufo-Addo’s entry into Jerusalem (sorry pilgrimage to Jerusalem) and how he compares with the Ethopian Eunuch who did it many years before him. God bless!
By Margaret Jackson