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Ghanaian Politics And Rumour Mongering

The article titled, “Akufo-Addo Sneaks To T.B. Joshua” and published in Daily Post of 22nd August, 2012 was another in the series of political pieces purportedly crafted by some political midgets to attack Nigeria’s popular prophet, T.B. Joshua.

Nana Akufo-Addo

The world has remained increasingly shocked by the high level of political mimicry and treachery which some campaign coordinators and desperate political stalwarts demonstrated so far, forgetting that Ghana’s independence happened in 1957 as a leading country which ought to be respected by all others.

The crafty and power-obsessed political campaigners have decided, in their lack of wisdom, to keep attacking TB Joshua and his church as if they cannot think beyond their nose and embark on creative projects and electoral matters which could score them higher than the laughable rascality, mischief and scrawny commitments which they have shown so far.

Politics in Ghana, today, ought to be played by wise and quotable people; people with absolute confidence in their programmes for the masses and their ability to positively transform the society. These should be patriots who rely on truth and sincerity of purpose to project themselves and vision. The great names in Ghana’s political history would have helplessly turned in their graves with the way and manner recent political rapscallions and nitwits are going about politics in Ghana.

Frankly, some of the articles which people read in our newspapers, magazines and cyberspace these days are a collection of kindergarten pieces which should invoke shame in the Ghanaians who may read them. Rather than play politics of maturity and focus and discuss salient issues which will affect the lives of Ghanaians in consonance with the demands of the 21st century, some of our politicians and writers have become specialists in selling odious theories as agents of opposition; they attack fellow politicians using tools of lies, fabrications and intellectual conjurations without a foundation in truth and discipline.

 

While Ghanaians in all walks of life wait patiently to be told what our political parties have for us as manifestoes, what has kept bothering them in the issue of T.B. Joshua and his church in Lagos, Nigeria and one wonders how blackmail and political immaturity could be pushed to the doorsteps of a Nigerian who is not eligible to vote in the Ghana elections. To say the least, the pestilential politics played by some of our politicians could not have been an issue even in Siberia. Yet, Ghana should have a place in Africa’s history as a leading country and groomed by the late, Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

Common sense dictates that politics in Ghana should be about crucial issues of development, which include the elimination of poverty and criminality and entrenchment of interest in education, tourism, and development of the rural areas. We should move up from what Prof. Mills left behind, and practice politics of patriotism and not amateurism, of sincerity and seriousness of purpose and not egotism and satanic megalomania. For God’s sake, T.B. Joshua and those he prays for should not be our concern as Ghanaians, but what benefits awaits us after the elections must have taken place, and how we should maintain peace and order in our country. How ‘serious minded’ politicians should see TB Joshua as an election matter remains to be understood. While the respected man of God should be allowed to preach and teach Jesus Christ all over the world, Ghanaians should also get serious with their politics and what the outcome of the elections should be. A word is enough for the wise.

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Posted by on August 22, 2012 in Analysis

 

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Joshua, Malawi’s Banda and the Nigerian Connection: Matters Arising

Ezekiel Fajenyo and Sunday Patrick

The manner in which some readers of political situations in Africa, and elsewhere, respond to critically potential political events has often left much to be desired. Of a fact, some interpreters and analysts display more confusion and perplexity than the political players who have often pushed their territories to the valley of death.

Newly elected President Joyce Banda

Responses to the recent emergence of the woman activist and liberationist, Joyce Banda as President of Malawi, shortly after the demise of Bingu Mutharika (78), who died of cardiac arrest is an example of such. Banda had been his Vice President, but their relationship was sour, the type we had experienced in Nigeria between Atiku Abubakar and Olusegun Obasanjo (1999 – 2007). Such conflicts do happen at every level of government – local, state and federal, and in every society where people demonstrate interest in occupying positions of interest; such incidents are never ever without foundation. Personal interests, political ideologies, ethnic experience and religious differences have been known over the years to contribute to such actions. Contemporary politics is rich in diversity and like everything scientific, participants’ responses to situations have often been diverse, and understandably so.
The situation in Malawi should not have been unnecessarily read out of context.

It is significant to note that some funny characters have begun to read spiritual meanings, anchored on conspiracy theory, into the death of President Mutharika and the success of Banda, both of whom happened to be strong members of the T.B. Joshua led Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (The SCOAN). Common sense should make it obvious that Prophet Joshua could not have been dangerously instrumental to the political separation of the former president and his Vice, as good members of his church. Political differences are obviously not spiritual matters but issues which embrace sheer political affairs as seen in many countries all over the world. Even in Nigeria, state governors and their deputies have been known to tear at one another’s necks, just as in other African countries, even when they belong to the same political parties, ethnic groups and religious affiliations.

Prophet T.B. Joshua

If Joshua prophesied the death of the Malawian president, he has been known to correctly do this, over the years, not only of presidents, but also artists, professional lawyers, business gurus, statesmen, politicians, social activists, soldiers, media workers as could be seen in volumes 1 and 2 of the books – What the Future Holds (a journal of prophecies for the outgoing years given by T.B. Joshua). The books which are quite available, are according to the publishers, on “events which were to come, concerning individuals, nations and the world at large and reveal to all that Jesus Christ holds our future”; they are true revelations to a prophet who is known to let people “know God’s opinion about themselves” and of events which were to come, “concerning individuals, nations and the world at large and reveal to all that Jesus Christ holds our future”. The books can be very helpful to Joshua’s critics to know what true prophecies are, and what their significance equate to.

When Joshua spoke of the late Malawian president, some notoriously obsessed political juggernauts refused to understand his antecedents, and know that this man had made such revelations more than a hundred times over, before now. A reference to these books by any of such critics would reveal that T.B. Joshua is a genuine prophet, at work in Africa, straightforward, blunt, truthful, believable and unpretentious; there are evidences in his past prophecies that are akin his approach when speaking about the Malawian president.

But the issue goes beyond all these. Some people are beginning to read conspiratorially into the meeting between Joshua and Banda which eventually pushed off Mutharika from the political scene. What that is supposed to mean is difficult to establish. Professor Moyo, a Zanu PF minister, started it all when he said that Joshua’s involvement in the tragedy, “smacks more of a plot than a prophecy. One thing for sure is that there is no prophecy here but just a prediction if one is to give him a benefit of doubt”.

Such claims leave much to be desired. Joshua could not have had any specific interest in Malawi which could not be satisfied by the previous president and the present leadership. He could not have destroyed anybody’s life for any reason, whatsoever; what he said of the late president has been his prophetic trademark over the years. It is dangerous, therefore, for anybody to have created a selfish agenda from the so-called Banda/ Joshua controversy; it should indeed remain “a kind of wild goose chase” and has no potential to create tension anywhere in Africa; it cannot engineer violence and ethnic distrust in a country firmly gripped by widespread poverty. Poverty is one feature of most African countries, and political affirmations have not necessarily been built on platforms of truth, patriotism, discipline and passionate interest in moving the countries forward.

Mrs Banda’s immense popularity as a woman rights activist and critic of the past regime has been established. She founded her People’s Party (PP) which has protested “the feminization of poverty and her desire to tackle the menace”. Her emergence as president has been orchestrated by her deft political understanding and years of activism; Malawians trust her so much they brought her into governance as President. Banda is mature, focused, intelligent, courageous and understands the socio-political and economic realities of her home country. Being in government, she has urgently effected changes in the banking, media, police force, and ministries to attract people who are capable of introducing good fortunes into government. She has also pledged to re-unite with Zambia, as shown by her familiar talks with President Michael Sata. She had said, recently: “I spoke to President Sata of Zambia. We both committed ourselves to restore the cordial diplomatic relations between our two governments. It is important for us to improve and strengthen relations between our countries knowing how critical Zambia is to Malawi as a neighbor”. This president means business; she is focused and sincere, and Malawians do not centre attention on her religious life but what she is capable of achieving, based on what she had done in social, gender and political activism, over the years.

While Mrs Banda will make a good impression of herself as a rare politican and woman president in Africa, Joshua’s image as a believable end-time prophet cannot but only improve better with time!

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in International

 

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