Brilliant - very witty, Massa! I really enjoyed reading your comment on the "flying coffin" presidential jet story. Opanin, you are absolutely right, of course - its the perfect way for him to travel to the place where his ancestors will welcome him to, at the end of his final journey, out of this world: to his final resting place.
One of those special Teshie coffins, in the shape of an Airbus 320 (is that the right series number, I wonder?) will do just fine for him - nothing but the best for the V.V.I.P traveller from our shores. That man is incredible, isn't he?
We are supposed to be flat broke: yet, he and the members of his regime blithely continue to travel around the globe regardless, raking up billions of cedis in per diem for themselves and their hangers-on, at taxpayers' expense. What is the point of a cash-strapped nation having ambassadors and diplomatic missions abroad, I ask? What perfidy!
Apparently, the more uncharitable of his many critics, call him Ghana's "Hypocrite-in-Chief." It is also said that Flt. Lt. Rawlings is his "2-I-C" in the hypocrisy stakes! There is even a joke about their exchanging text messages: One texts the phrase "Corruption, waa waa!" to the other on his Blackberry - and the other replies: "Scancem - where are the millions?"
Fancy insisting on still going to America to say good bye to Dubya Bush with a small army of sundry hangers-on and sycophantic acolytes, in tow (at a time when the US is reeling from the results of years of greed by the Titans of its financial services sector, and is teetering on the verge of bankruptcy and economic collapse). Typical - sheer profligacy!
Today, Ghana too has been brought to its knees - because our leaders (since Nkrumah's overthrow, with the exception of General Kutu Acheampong, God bless his soul) blindly followed that neo-liberal philosophy based on selfishness and greed, which insists on the potency of market forces: and their ability to deliver endless growth rates (the fallacy known as trickle-down economics).
Of course what that meant in practise in our country, was that the politically well-connected and the scions of the family clans of our leaders and their siblings, became super rich, overnight.
If you dared criticise the greed and the unacceptable speed with which those lucky ones, not previously known for their genius at finance, were building up their personal net worth into stratospheric heights, you were said to be "lazy" and "envious" of those super-hardworking golden folk.
Alas, they forget, the poor souls, that not all of us wish for tainted wealth, at all cost. There are many in this country, who care more about their good name, than riches. They simply don't know the wisdom that underlies that pithy Ghanaian proverb: "Adeni pa eyeseni sika." Amazing ("A good name is better than riches" - to those who can't speak Twi)!
Today, they have been shown so clearly, to have been wrong all along: having destroyed our nation's asset base, in the meantime - just as so many of us had said would be the end game if they persisted with their foolishness.
Are the capitalist nations of the West not busy nationalising private banks, to secure their national economies, as we speak? Yet, the well-educated imbeciles here, are busy plotting to sell (and have already sold!) vital and strategic national assets, built up over the years with the blood, sweat and tears of ordinary people.
God, how right and wise Nkrumah was - and how damaging to our nation's interests was his overthrow. Has Singapore not grown super-rich using his public private partnership formula - a model Nkrumah thought of, long before it became fashionable? Pity.
It is a model we can make to work for our country - if we give Ghanaian workers a 20 per cent stake in all our state-owned entities, float the other 20 per cent on the Ghana Stock Exchange, and let the state keep the other 60 per cent: and above all, find honest and competent patriots to run them.
Hmmm, Ghana - eyeasem oo: asem ebeba debi ankasa! May God bless and protect our homeland Ghana, always. Long live freedom! Long live Ghana!