I read the “Open-Letter” addressed to President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo by Mr. Honour Agbemor-Flint with keen interest and concern (See “An Open Letter to The President[,] His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo – I Am Scared” Modernghana.com 2/28/18), because the letter expresses some of the same concerns that I also expressed in a column that I wrote and published right here on the website of AfricaNewsAnalysis scarcely a month ago. My column was captioned “Mr. President, Ghana Is Not Safe!,” and it was published shortly after a news report of the brutal highway murder of one Sgt. George Boakye – if memory serves yours truly accurately – hit the media headlines and the newsstands.
Well, I am making a specific reference to the name of Sgt. Boakye because the slain member of the Ghana Armed Forces was officially attached to the Flagstaff House’s security detail at the time of his brutal murder, allegedly by some unidentified armed robbers, on the Accra-Tema Highway. I highlight the preceding fact of historical and political reality, because Mr. Agbemor-Flint’s letter rather bizarrely seems to suggest that, somehow, Nana Akufo-Addo may very well be cut off or comfortably insulated from the undeniably terror-charged atmosphere of rampant daily killings of hardworking and law-abiding Ghanaian citizens that well appears to have taken grips of the country.
Paradoxically, the missing equation in all this seemingly open-season of terror and broad-daylight Mafia-style execution of diligent and law-abiding Ghanaian citizens, is the equally flabbergasting and inexcusably criminal forgetfulness of the fact that in the lead-up to the 2016 general election, and under the official watch and gaze of then-President John Dramani Mahama, hundreds of thousands of assault weapons – largely AK-47s – were freely allowed to enter the country through its four main boundary stretches. Especially notorious for such illegal importation of deadly weapons was the Ghana-Togo Border Checkpoint at Aflao, in the Volta Region, where about 100,000 (One-Hundred-Thousand) bullets were once confiscated, hidden underneath the flatbed of a commercial vehicle.
The preceding occurred in the break-neck heat of the 2016 general election, and so people like Mr. Agbemor-Flint may be forgiven for not evidently studiously having followed the same. Indeed, as I vividly recall, back then, I had noted in one of my columns that the key operatives of the Mahama regime clearly appeared to be dead-set on making the country literally ungovernable in the highly likely event of President Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) being deservedly shoved into the gray margins of the political opposition. True to my prediction, what Ghanaians on both sides of the political divide appear to be experiencing presently is the direct aftermath of former President Mahama’s callous and criminal supervision of the apocalyptic influx of assault weapons into our otherwise morally and culturally stable and peaceful country.
Indeed, when he resoundingly won the 2016 presidential election, I had expected one of his first priority projects to have entailed Nana Akufo-Addo’s establishment of a high-powered investigations team to figure out the sinister master-brains behind this clearly deliberately orchestrated swamping of our hitherto peaceful and low-crime country with illegally imported assault weapons. The vehicle reported to be carrying the 100,000 assault-rifle bullets impounded by the Aflao Border Guards had reportedly originated from Nigeria. At any rate, what President Akufo-Addo obviously needs to do is to order an immediate halt to this mischievously cooked so-called Monthly Walks by Mr. Mahama and his NDC Abongo Boys and Girls, and the declaration of a State-of-Emergency to help his government get to the bottom of this obvious Mahama-Concocted Mischief.
In other words, President Akufo-Addo had better sit up, pronto, listen hard and carefully and promptly be about the systematic and meticulous protection of the people and their property. Enough of the NDC-instigated terror tactics!
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