Feature: Absurd or Not, Self-Defense Training Goes On – By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jnr., Ph.D.

Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jnr., Ph.D.
Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jnr., Ph.D.
He is a funny man, this Dr. Kwesi Aning of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center. The man with the big mouth, literally and figuratively speaking, ought to be aware by now that other than the key operatives of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), including his best friend and homeboy, Vice-President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, nobody really takes this so-called Research Director who does absolutely no meaningful research geared towards the healthy development of the country seriously (See “NPP Defense on SA Security Training Absurd – Aning” Starrfmonline.com / Ghanaweb.com 3/23/16).

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For those of our readers who may have so soon forgotten it, it was the same Dr. Aning who recently asserted publicly that the marauding Fulani cattle herdsmen who have been running rampant and riotously destroying cultivated farmlands, mostly in the Eastern and Asante regions, ought to be afforded carte-blanch or free rein to rape and murder our rural women farmers because these Fulani cattle herders provide greater economic value to the country than their victims. He did not use exactly the preceding words, but Dr. Aning strongly implied it. Maybe somebody ought to have reminded him that the Akan are a very idiomatic people who appreciate the deeper structures of language than he fathoms.

The Kofi Annan Center’s Research Director has yet to release or publish any research-related facts and figures clearly indicating that, indeed, the Fulani cattle rustlers and pathological rapists are of far greater economic significance to the development of Ghana than our own indigenous food and cocoa farmers. To be certain even as I write, the Buhari government of Nigeria, where a remarkable percentage of these Fulani herdsmen originate, has announced that it intends to drastically curtail the movements of these unconscionable Darwinian human predators. And so just what makes Dr. Aning believe that he can collude with the Mahama/Amissah-Arthur constitutional dictatorship to tie the hands of the members, supporters and sympathizers of the country’s main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) on their backs, while the Mahama/Amissah-Arthur Posse royally raped them politically and constitutionally with reckless abandon?

Then also, what makes the Kofi Annan Institute dean believe that the members and citizens who constitute the main opposition New Patriotic Party have absolutely no right to measured self-defense of their inalienable human rights, interests and aspirations? Now, let the Mahama government and the Director of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), whose security establishment recently caused the arrest of the three retired South African policemen, currently in the country to professionally upgrade the quality of the security cordon or network built around Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, the 2016 Presidential Candidate and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, respectively, explain to the nation precisely what danger is posed by the laudably prescient decision by the leaders of the country’s main opposition party to prepare the party’s members, supporters and sympathizers for their own collective self-defense in the lead-up to Election 2016.

In Talensi, for example, then-Mahama Defense Minister Mark Owen Woyongo staunchly and publicly defended the barbaric application of violence against supporters of the NPP by the NDC-sponsored Azorka Boys militia group. Well, what is significant to note here is that Dr. Aning is not asking why President Mahama never disbanded and/or absorbed his Azorka Boys into the country’s security apparatus in 2013, after his party had been voted into government. Instead, the Kofi Annan Center’s Research Director would have Ghanaians believe that Messrs. Akufo-Addo and Bawumia are not responsible and forward-looking leaders because they have not told the nation how they intend to disband their private security apparatus once the New Patriotic Party has been voted into power.

Dear reader, I told you that this Kwesi Aning boy may very well be morbidly afflicted with a mild case of mental retardation.

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