Back to small history……
Many people might be in a tense though due to reasons for the overthrow of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah are multifarious. It ranges from the hated one party state dictatorship to almighty corruption.
Kotoka and his lieutenants kicked him out as a result, and replaced him with General Ankrah. Hardly did we have time to breathe a sigh of relief when the ugly face of hypocrisy came sprawling – here I am.
General Ankrah, the hero on the Whitehorse, the redeemer who gave voice to the aims of NLC’s overthrow of Nkrumah, had to resign due to the Nzeribe case. Just over two years at the helm of affairs, Busia was shown the door by Acheampong. Among Kutu’s reasons for ousting Busia was corruption. He even baited him to come back from exile to answer charges of corruption.
Acheampong, without a gun shot, was replaced in a palace coup by a member of his military junta, Akuffo, for economic sabotage. Yes, that is a very handsome way of expressing corruption.
When Rawlings shattered the tranquillity of the nation leading to the 1979 election, his alibi was that the Akuffo led military government was corrupt to the marrow. Of all the military take overs this was the bloodiest.
Rawlings dulled the senses of Ghanaians when just after three and half months in office he handed over power to the democratically elected leader, President Hilla Limann. The cockerel did not get to crow the third time when Rawlings came back playing the same old tired gramophone record. Well, that was the last of the military adventures in our history.
However, Rawlings after nineteen years of whirlwind of brutality meant to whip Ghanaians in line and rid the land of corruption, I can bet my cedi that Rawlings in his private time is haunted by the spirit of, for example, Col. Felli. The latter was shot at the Teshie Military Range for having just $300 in his foreign bank account. On the other hand, the joke about his own shock at the sight of one of his henchmen’s residence begs the question: was 1979 bloodshed worthwhile?
Kufuor’s administration was not spared the tag of corruption, which mainly led to the defeat of Nana at his first attempt. By 2012, the spring flowers of corruption was blooming wild in the Ghanaian countryside. The sight of it became so beautiful and attractive ministers began domesticating the flowers with thorns in their homes and offices.
The hopes of many Ghanaian citizenry now is in this new President-elect,Nana Akufo-Addo and his administration.
But should them fail or succeed….what will happen!
By: Philip Kobina Baidoo Jnr & Kwesi D)nk)_Lazheo
Via: Osagyefo 106.1fm mankessim C/R, Ghana.