AKUFO ADDO: A picasso painting of a presidential build up, and a dog’s dinner of a finish – An Owula Mangortey observation

Akufo-Addo promises much, and fails to deliver much.

Reflect on the 2015/16 build up to the Akufo-Addo presidency. The oratory. The promises of a Ghanaian haven. Fantastic.

A picasso painting of an Akufo- Addo presidential build up.

Mensah Otabil’s and the other Apostolic canticles showed belief in Akufo-Addo as the man for the hour in history of Ghana.

However, the signs of the coming failures cast their shadows with a plagiarised speech at Akufo-Addo’s inauguration.

As he invited Ghanaians to be Citizens and not Spectators , he was stealing from George W. Bush’s 2001 speech.

Again, he stole a line from Bill Clinton’s 1993 speech substituting Ghanaians for Americans: “Ghanaians have ever been a restless, questing and hopeful people. And we must bring to our task today the vision and will of those who came before us.”

One side of Ghanaian society immediately preached Akufo-Addo’s victimhood while the other side criticised Akufo-Addo’s villainy. And that was on day one of his presidency.

The tone was set.

Ghanaians should have noticed the signs. But they seemed to be blinded by the Akufo-Addo soap opera which was unfolding.

Over the three years of his presidency, Akufo-Addo has succeeded in drenching himself in an Akyem-manufactured thick sticky paint of self-pity in which he has blamed his predecessor, John Mahama, for his inability to deliver on his many elephantine promises.

Why couldn’t Citizens and Spectators predict or foretell how Akufo-Addo would lose his way in broad daylight?

Because, the signs of Akufo-Addo’s character were clear to see.

Before, during and after his election as President of Ghana, Akufo-Addo was able to turn a once powerful and proud J. A. Kufuor’s New Patriotic Party into a gaggle of sycophantic lickspittles.

And it is clear he has been attempting to remake Ghana in that NPP image in his appointments to the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, the Military, Security and Intelligence Community, the Judiciary, the Electoral Commission, as well as his war- mongering among media practitioners, religious and traditional authorities, the business community, and so on.

Akufo-Addo has been attempting to turn a beautiful Ghanaian constitutional democracy into an unconstitutional ethnocracy.

Recently, Akufo-Addo stood boldly at the Jubilee House lectern before a cross-section of the Press to give an account of his three years in office.

Akufo-Addo was at his vulgar and obscene worst!

He threw everything at his opponents. Not just the kitchen sink. Chairs. Tables… The lot!

He wove a smooth tapestry of lies, self- pity, innuendoes, and warped historical allusions to craft for himself a mantle of innocence on the raging battle of hanging him with FAILURE.

These days, when Citizens and Spectators listen to Akufo-Addo’s sidekicks defending his abysmal record, they might think they have stepped into Doc Brown’s Delorean from “Back to the Future.”

Akufo-Addo assumes he can continue with his serial assaults on decency on which Ghanaian civil society is built.

Akufo-Addo assumes he can continue to thrive on outrage and resentment.

Akufo-Addo assumes he can continue to seeth with resentment, stir it in his appointees (like the irascible Education Minister), and mine it for his political benefit.

The day of accountability will come soon.

As a Citizen, it is my observation that none of Akufo-Addo’s trumpeted positives can balance the political and moral danger Ghanaians face under a leader of such grossly immoral character.

Akufo-Addo’s picasso painting build up is signaling a dog dinner finish!!!


I Shall Retunr (sic)

Owula Mangortey
NDC Branch Secretary
Full Gospel Church Branch
Shai-Osudoku Constituency

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