? ? ? ? ?wpid-8390345320893277cc0eb.jpg ? Major Boakye Gyan (rtd.) is the only person who can best appreciate what he means when he says that the presidential candidate of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) for Election 2012, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is ?politically dead? (See ?Nana Addo is ?Politically Dead? ? Boakye Gyan? Radioxyzonline.com 1/12/13). He is the only one who can best appreciate what he is talking about because as far as most of us avid observers and critics of contemporary Ghanaian politics are concerned, Major Boakye Gyan has been effectively deceased to Ghanaian politics for more than twenty years now.


And I am not even certain whether he has made any significant contribution towards the development of the country at any level, whatsoever, besides jump-starting the abominably ?revolutionary? career of former Flt.-Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, even as Major Boakye Gyan himself, together with several other political adventurists of the so-called Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) junta, took $100,000 (One-Hundred-Thousand Dollars) a piece from the Limann-led People?s National Party (PNP) and went on a protracted honeymoon abroad. The Limann government had aptly envisaged the AFRC executioners as a national security risk. In therefore taking the monetary bait, rather than remaining in the country to fight for a political culture of ?probity? and ?accountability,? the New Drobo, Brong-Ahafo, native predictably demonstrated that he was no more than a mercenary of the most despicable caliber.


As I have already observed elsewhere, had Major Boakye Gyan and several of his associates not put their own selfish economic interests ahead of the collective interests of Ghanaians at large, by staying home and serving as a salutary check on the rambunctious and clinically megalomaniacal Mr. Jeremiah John Rawlings, the history of Ghana would be very different from what it is today, and very likely much better. Unfortunately, a congenital mercenary is precisely what his name implies, an incurably self-centered sociopath.


What makes Major Boakye Gyan?s rather presumptuous obituary remarks vis-?-vis the political career of Nana Akufo-Addo nothing short of the risibly absurd, is the fact that the former AFRC spokesman has made absolutely no worthwhile contribution to the development of Fourth Republican Ghanaian democratic culture and society. If anything at all, Major Boakye Gyan actually facilitated the carcinogenic eruption of Mr. Rawlings onto the Ghanaian political landscape and the scandalous regression of Ghanaian democracy for nearly two decades, but for the opportune emergence of Mr. Kofi Annan on the global diplomatic scene as the first ?Black? African Secretary-General of the? United Nations Organization (UN).


And for those of our fellow citizens who may not know this, it was Mr. Kofi Annan who used his immense political clout to radically shape the fairly democratic manner in which political culture is lived in Ghana today. In other words, what I am unabashedly and incontrovertibly suggesting here is that Mr. Annan is the veritable architect of Fourth-Republican Ghana.


Now, claiming to be the ?classmate? of Nana Akufo-Addo does not, in any way, make Major Boakye Gyan the coequal of Ghana?s former Attroney-General and Minister of Justice by any stretch of the imagination, either in the latter?s legal professional praxis or in the political arena. At best, Major Boakye Gyan is a political nuisance and a moral blotch, and a pathetic one, to be certain. And at the worst, he is comatose or a vegetable man politically rigged up on life support and waiting to expire at any moment from now.


Our ancient sages have a saying that ?Misery craves companionship.? It is quite obvious that Major Boakye Gyan is desperately seeking to have Nana Akufo-Addo share the former?s miserable political lot with him. ?Fat chance!? as Americans are wont to say. You see, the notion that, somehow, Ghana?s former Foreign Minister has absolutely no constitutional right to battle against electoral fraud is the most imbecilic notion ever harbored by someone who would have his countrymen and women look up to him as a statesman. But that Major Boakye Gyan is a member of the Rawlings-minted National Democratic Congress makes such fatuous trend of reasoning all the more understandable. You see, the NDC is the least democratic of all Ghanaian political parties. Mr. Rawlings?s infamous Swedru Declaration is a striking case in point.


Anyway, let Major Boakye Gyan and his ilk get this message loud and clear: the legal revolution started by Nana Akufo-Addo is more likely to rapidly facilitate the enhancement of the integrity and credibility of Ghana?s Fourth Republican democratic culture. Very likely, it will witness, for the first time in global African history, the salutary reversal in the political fortunes of an ideological machine built on unconscionable bloodshed, terrorism and vote-rigging. In short, if Major Boakye Gyan cannot be bold ? we already know that he is not the least bit brave ? and honest enough to commend Nana Akufo-Addo for calling the NDC Thuggocrats to account, at least he could be intelligent enough to simply shut! After all, hasn?t seasonable silence been described by the wise old ones as golden?



*Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.

Department of English

Nassau Community College of SUNY

Garden City, New York

Jan. 12, 2013



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