In defence of Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on the Human Rights Question (Part1)

I think it’s unfair how people attack President Akufo-Addo, accusing him of changing from the human rights champion that we were told he was.

There is a reason why as President with all the powers of state at his disposal, he is vigorously supervising a government of intolerance and vindictiveness, gross abuse of human rights, dissenting media clampdown and unbridled corruption.

But it really is not the fault of President Akufo-Addo that we are where we are; we Ghanaians are to blame. We mistake self-preservation for patriotism. Recently, it came to light that the key ‘3 Taadi girls’ kidnap suspect was seen carrying a bible in the vicinity, so people assumed he was genuine – but I digress.

You see: a true test of an avowed human right’s defender is fighting for someone – even if you have some aversion for them – with no ulterior motive of gaining any benefits personally or for your party or government. In fact, a full-time (not part-time) human rights person would fight for people who oppose them or they may even dislike, but whose rights nonetheless are being trampled upon. Is this a quality that resonates with the media created human rights defender, President Akufo-Addo?

Does he fight for the rights of people perceived to be opposed to him and punish the abusers, or does he turn a convenient blind eye to the atrocities these people face under his enabling watch?

When put to the test, you would find that Nana Akufo-Addo was NEVER a human rights champion. It is just like calling a dedicated JM Vigilante, a Citizen Vigilante. It was never about any citizen. Always look at the motive and how they were to benefit from this and the whole mystery is solved. They did what they did for their own short or long-term benefits.

So please stop accusing the President of betraying his own human rights credentials. There never was one.

By Kwame Nkrumah Addo

The author is a lecturer and a political commentator

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