The National Youth Organizer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Henry Nana Boakye (Nana B), has condemned the ‘do-or-die’ comment made by former President John Dramani Mahama.
He said this comment is an indication that Mr Mahama is a man full of violence and further called on all well-meaning Ghanaians to condemn the comments by the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in last year’s elections.
Mr Mahama had indicated that the 2024 election would be a do-or-die affair at the polling stations.
He said that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had learned lessons from the 2020 general elections.
Speaking on Techiman-based Akina FM on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, as part of his thank-you-tour, Mr Mahama said, “This current president has made elections life and death for him; he uses his Delta forces and invisible forces, enrolled in the security agencies.
“You see some Military and police officers and ask whether these are indeed officers. They wear earrings and all sorts of things, and you can’t tell whether this is a police officer or a soldier. We know they have infiltrated the security with some of their people.
“Look at what happened at Techiman South, the way they shot at the crowd; it was intended to kill people. We hope that in the next elections, we won’t see scenes like that again.
“We have learnt our lessons from happenings during the 2020 polls. The 2024 elections will be won or lost at the polling station. It will be do-or-die at the polling stations. The right thing must be done during the polls. We will win the elections at the polling station and won’t wait for collation centre results nor petition the Supreme Court if aggrieved,” he said.
Despite criticisms against his comments, Mr Mahama, in an interview on Moonlite FM in Sunyani on Wednesday, September 8, justified his comments saying they were harmless and “those who don’t understand English should stop the school interpretation”.
He insisted that “there was fraud in [the 2020] elections…that is why I said we learned lessons from it”.
“So the next elections,” he said in Twi, “we won’t wait and go to the Supreme Court.”
He added in English: “We will do it at the polling station and collation centre, and I say it will be do or die.”
But in a Facebook post, Nana B said, “My principle on any day as a trained Lawyer and Ghanaian is that democratically and constitutionally mandated governments should be allowed to represent the people at all times. All persons and groups associating, celebrating and welcoming coup d’etats are nothing shot of nation wreckers!
“At a time that Ghana is this peaceful, I have always felt that words and statements that have the propensity to incite and inflame passions and fuel electoral war should not come out from former President Mahama. But, shockingly, his recent outbursts on the ‘do or die’ analogy positions him as a man who believes in violence.
“I call on all well-meaning Ghanaians to condemn his irresponsible and reckless statements and call him to order. May God bless Ghana. “
Below is his full statement…
COUP D’ETATS : A TERROR ON NATIONS, CITIZENS AND CONDEMNABLE; I AM A VICTIM============================Authored by Henry Nana Boakye -Nana B (ESQ)8/09/2021
As a young child, I was not spared with the trauma and fearsomeness associated with the related consequences and excesses of the coup d’etats staged by the AFRC and PNDC between 1979 to 1991.
My late father, a successful businessman, Mr Edward Osei Boakye, known to many as *Boakye Mattress* was a household name in the business community in Ghana at the time with many companies and a varied number of investments in Ghana and across Africa with a large pool of employees. Businessman E. O. Boakye was the only Ghanaian who first wholly established a Mattress and Foam Factory in Ghana in the 1960s.
He then expanded his businesses through joint ventures and other partnerships with Vitafoam of Nigeria and many other West African Companies. In the 1970s, Boakye Mattress built the first fully-serviced private hospital (now the state-owned Police Hospital). He also had commercial property developments, houses and apartment blocks( FC Cosmetics Building, for instance) in Accra and Kumasi.
Despite all his contributions to the Ghanaian economy, he was politically hounded and chased out of all his businesses; and his immediate family forced to leave in fear and persecutions when the PNDC coup d’etat violently erupted. In a matter of the military uprising, however, by all accounts, my dad became one of the many casualties of the PNDC Coup. His businesses were grounded due to political witch-hunting.
His great vision as a sought-after businessman was truncated abruptly. For me as a child, I grew up without a father; I couldn’t set eyes on my father because he was in exile for about 15 years.
The harrowing tales told then, nerve-racking and shocking revelations that came out during the year 2000’s National Reconciliation Commission’s public hearing alone should be the major reason any Ghanaian seen supporting, rooting for, praising and welcoming coup d’etats should be condemned outrightly.
The unlawful detentions, serial abductions, torture, violations of human rights of wealthy and influential persons in society, brazen thirst for collapsing businesses owed Ghanaians who were deemed as opponents(in the case of my dad), civil unrests, violent protests have been the character of all the numerous coups which has happened in Africa since 1960s till our current democratic dispensation.
It’s an admissible fact that, sometimes, there are undercurrents and remote causes that set the stage for the military to topple governments, but the crux of the matter is that ousting democratically elected governments amidst the chaos and potential national instability should never be the best panacea to the supposed ‘National’ hues and cries as compared to resolutions through diplomacy and dialogue.
I could go on and on about the repercussions and heart-wrenching memories that Ghanaians share anytime a coup d’etat is mentioned in our national discourse, but having been a direct victim of coups, I would unreservedly and relentlessly use every opportunity given to call on the nation wreckers ranting and chanting for coup d’etat in Ghana to desist from it and refine their thoughts accordingly.
It is recklessly reprehensible, morally unjustifiable, and sheerly amounts to cluelessness if only coups become the major solution to National upheavals and problems.
My principle on any day as a trained Lawyer and Ghanaian is that democratically and constitutionally mandated governments should be allowed to represent the people at all times. All persons and groups associating, celebrating and welcoming coup d’etats are nothing shot of nation wreckers! At a time that Ghana is this peaceful, I have always felt that words and statements that have the propensity to incite and inflame passions and fuel electoral war should not come out from former President Mahama.
But, shockingly, his recent outbursts on the ‘do or die’ analogy positions him as a man who believes in violence. I call on all well-meaning Ghanaians to condemn his irresponsible and reckless statements and call him to order. May God bless Ghana.