It was with mixed feelings reading through your letter to His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo touting his great credentials as a freedom fighter on one hand and pouring out all the ‘ordeals’ Manasseh Azure Awuni has supposedly experienced over his militia in the heart of the country documentary on the other hand.
I read with a feeling of awe the tall list of credentials you enunciated about President Akufo-Addo and the battles he fought to make Ghana a safe haven for journalists to practice their trade.
In your account, President Akufo-Addo battled against seemingly insurmountable obstacles to get this far, something you said endeared him to you and many others.
You allege, in your letter to the President, that Manasseh had to flee from the country to South Africa in order to save his life, because he was receiving death threats, and you attribute this to the documentary he came out with.
You seem, however, to think that Manasseh’s ‘ordeal’ is proving to be a dent on the huge stature of President Akufo-Addo and that for him to regain his lost ‘glory’, Mr. President must speak to the issue stating clearly his resolve to ensure that journalists can practice without fear under his leadership.
Prof, but something baffles my imagination. In fact, I am trying effortfully to come to terms with one thing.
How did you come to the momentous conclusion that Manasseh was receiving death threats because of the documentary he and Multimedia aired? What informed that conclusion?
Have the security services conducted investigations into the matter upon which this conclusion was drawn? Sir, we cannot accept this conclusion of yours based upon mere assumptions. We are not that fleeceable to buy into this, with all due respect, Sir.
Label me a conspiracy theorist, but has it occurred to you, Sir, that Manasseh maybe going through such a crucible due to some work he did in the past which plunged some people into trouble?
Maybe you have not addressed your mind to this, but is it not possible that Manasseh did a story against someone and the fellow got into trouble but waited for the opportune time to strike, a time he saw in the documentary he aired and decided to exact his punishment?
One more thing, is it not strange that Manasseh was in trouble and took to his heels as far afield as South Africa and left his family behind at the mercy of his assailants?
Professor Gyampo, I frantically looked for one possibility behind the threats on the life of Manasseh Azure Awuni in your letter. Eventually, I got hugely disappointed when I realized that one important fact eluded you.
Sir, have you forgotten what Chairman Ofosu-Ampofo and his party people clandestinely plotted in the darkened rooms of their party’s headquarters? In case you have forgotten, let me do you the honour by reminding you.
Elder Ofosu-Ampofo urged his party members to kidnap people. He asked them to kill and maim people. He asked them to attack all manner of persons. The reason being what? Ultimately, so that Akufo-Addo would be blamed for them!
I am inclined to believe that if indeed Manasseh is being attacked and threatened with death, then the first angle to look at is Chairman Ofosu-Ampofo and his party people.
Sir, in my opinion, your scope of possible ‘suspects’ was too narrow and not exhaustive enough.
It would, therefore, be unfair to blame President Akufo-Addo for what you claim is happening to Manasseh Azure Awuni. It is too simplistic an analogy to make. Kindly, come again.
K. M. Obeng
A concerned Ghanaian.