The success of the Akufo-Addo Administration will depend on at least four factors, namely, the effective and radical extirpation of the Galamsey Menace, the creation of meaningful and long-term jobs for the legions of our able-bodied young men and women, affordable and qualitative healthcare and medical facilities, and the drastic reduction of the widespread and seemingly endemic culture of bribery and corruption at all levels and spheres of our national endeavors.

Somewhere in-between the foregoing must also be added, effective social intervention programs, such as financial and other material assistance offered the very old, the very young and the destitute, and the rapid transformation of the country’s economy into a middle-level industrial complex.

I am, of course, by the latter referring to the “One District, One Factory” policy agenda of President Akufo-Addo. However, in this column, our main focus is on the principled and bold declaration by the former Foreign Minister and Attorney-General and Minister of Justice that he would rather lose the next general election than smugly and unwisely preside over the wanton culture of destruction created by Galamsey, or the illegal small-scale mining industry that seriously threatens the environment and the very survival of Ghanaians as a people and a nation (See “I Put My Presidency on the Line for Galamsey Fight – Akufo-Addo” / 7/10/17).

Those are the unmistakable and immortalized words of a statesman and a determined and a selfless nation-builder, as opposed to a self-serving opportunistic politician. If Nana Akufo-Addo is able to register remarkable success stories in all six areas of our national life and existence, there can be absolutely no gainsaying about the ruling New Patriotic Party’s holding onto the democratic reins of governance for the foreseeable future. The discovery of the bugging of the office of Mr. John Peter Amewu, the Lands and Forestry Resources Minister, by Mr. Inusah Fuseini, his ministerial predecessor and the main opposition National Democratic Congress’ Member of Parliament from one of the three Tamale constituencies of the northern regional capital, was clearly aimed at compromising this salutary centerpiece of President Akufo-Addo’s policy agenda. It also shows the insufferably criminal extent to which the henchmen, and women, of the erstwhile Mahama regime are willing to go to ensure that Ghana, as we presently know it, does not survive into the foreseeable future.

The Inusah Fuseini Bugging Outrage/Scandal must be thoroughly investigated and the prime culprit or culprits involved punished to the fullest extent allowed by the law, including the immediate suspension and/or the outright expulsion of the Tamale NDC-MP from the august House of Parliament. The possibility of having Mr. Fuseini serve some time in the slammer, or stir-house, in British parlance, must also be explored. Absolutely no individual or group of individuals must be allowed to take the survival and well-being of Ghanaian citizens and law-abiding residents for a ride. This is tantamount to treason of the highest order. This is also precisely where the Office of the Independent Special Prosecutor becomes indispensable. President Akufo-Addo should leave absolutely no proverbial stone unturned to permanently ensure that such a dangerous act of veritable and official criminal does not happen again in the country anytime soon. At least not again in the present generation.

On the question of not ceding any ground to the Galamsey Blackmailers – I actually prefer the use of the more practically appropriate terminology of “Whitemailers” – the President could not be on a better track or footing. Indeed, as our forefathers and foremothers have long observed, sometimes you have to put yourself and your personal interest at risk in order to save the wantonly self-destructive Galamsey operatives from themselves. Hopefully, it may not be too long, and too late, before these morally and spiritually untutored human vermin come to a grim realization and full-knowledge of the epic errors of their ways, as it were.

In their nihilistic and vehement protestations, these Galamsey operatives eerily remind one of those “Luciferous” cynics and naysayers and happy-go-luck anti-God hedonists who tragically, albeit unwisely, perished in Noah’s Flood. Cleanliness, it has been said time and again, is next to godliness. What is outrageously clear here is that during the last 8 years that they held the reins of governance, the National Democratic Congress’ leaders, particularly Presidents John Evans Atta-Mills, late, and John Dramani Mahama, doggedly and viciously and unconscionably pursued a Satanic policy agenda of genocide against their own citizens. It is about time present-day Ghanaians, like many a Jewish-descended Holocaust survivor, vowed “Never Again!” to the pathologically poisonous governance policy agenda of the leadership of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). It is time to make a clean break with the wantonly depraved and inexcusably inglorious “Social Democratic” past.

Source: Kwame Ahoofe-Okoampa, Jnr, PhD