If there is one Ghanaian who has remained a constant star in Ghana’s political firmament and in the fight against wanton corruption, it is Martin A. B. K. Amidu, the resigned special prosecutor.
Since his resignation last Monday, the banter between the man who President Nana Addo Dankwa appointed to chase dishonest people feeding fat on the nation’s resources and the Establishment is becoming mixed with issues getting overly murky each passing hour.
Mr. Amidu was appointed by the President as part of his will to fight the corruption which was his major campaign message which propelled him to win the 2016 elections.
It was great showing of readiness and preparedness between President Akufo-Addo and Mr. Amidu during a ceremony at the Flagstaff House to present the Instrument of Office to Ghana’s first special prosecutor, amidst smiles and assurances from the employer, President Akufo-Addo, and his employee, Mr. Amidu, that they will succeed in fighting corruption, something that gladdened the hearts and souls of many Ghanaians.
Mr. Amidu was rejected by the late Professor J.E.A. Mills administration for allegedly showing disrespect to the then President on matters concerning payments of monies to a businessman, Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome, but became an instant hero for Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP because of his attacks on the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and its candidate, John Dramani Mahama, through his numerous epistles on various media platforms.
President Akufo-Addo, in appointing Mr. Amidu, did not do lots of things right because a simple analysis on the personality of Mr. Amidu would have informed the President of Mr. Amidu’s Messianic posture.
As far as the fight against corruption is concerned, Mr. Amidu sees himself as the Messiah who could fight the canker, and does not care about the implications of his actions.
President Akufo-Addo was in such a hurry to deal with suspected wayward appointees of the erstwhile Mahama administration because of his campaign messages on corruption that he thought Mr. Amidu was the best bet to do his bid for him.
Just like the words in the late Jamaican reggae artiste, Peter Tosh’s ‘Maga Dog’ ‘’Sorry Fi the Maga Dog Him Turn Around To Bite You…,” Mr. Amidu has turned round to bite President Akufo-Addo.
On this occasion, the President deserves what he is getting because of the decision to use Mr. Amidu against others, but would protect his appointees when it was time for Mr. Amidu to deal with them.
Mr. Amidu from the onset displayed that he was the Messiah who could solve all issues bordering on corruption and was able to assume a holier-than-thou attitude which made it difficult for anyone to decipher his rights from wrongs at times that he went overboard.
In the estimation of the resigned special prosecutor, once someone is mentioned as being corrupt, then there was something and that person must be chased.
The President should have known that there was nothing like private conversation in the life of his once bosom and trusted friend, who he mistakenly believed was fortified from birth to fight corruption and must therefore be careful when discussing issues with him.
When Mr. Amidu went to town with issues bordering on the Airbus investigations, he was seen as a hero because in the thinking of the people in government and in the NPP, the special prosecutor was dealing with their ‘Common Enemy,’ John Dramani Mahama.
He was eulogized for naming the former President as the Government Official 1 in that Airbus scandal when the foreign investigators in all their investigations never mentioned the name of that Government Official 1.
The tables turned, the music has been changed and Mr. Amidu was still the one to look into the Agyapa Transaction Deal and do analysis on risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessment of the whole deal.
With keenly interest Ghanaians were all watching what the man, touted as Ghana’s ‘finest’ anti-corruption crusader, would do to his appointing authority’s blood relatives, who were neck-deep in the issues bordering on the Agyapa transaction.
Those in the Agyapa deal are/were President Akufo-Addo’s lovable, untouchable and favourite blood relatives, and there was no way he could stand aloof for Mr. Amidu to impugn wrongdoings on their part in the Agyapa scandal.
The President, in his wildest imagination, felt that he could use his office as part of his usual face-saving tactics for his beloved blood relations who have been mentioned in almost all the scandals that have rocked his administration, but shot himself in the foot without knowing that he had pressed the trigger.
The popular saying that ‘’When you meet two friends fighting don’t ask them of the problem, rather ask them what happened yesterday,’’ came into play when Mr. Amidu hit the public space with his resignation.
In what many considered as startling, Mr. Amidu made lots of allegations against the very person who appointed him, making the President to look terribly bad as someone who condones corruption, especially when it involved his kinsmen.
The ‘hero’ in the fight against corruption in his ballistic best made claims which otherwise should have remained between himself and the President, but that is Mr. Amidu to the world.
The incorruptible Akufo-Addo is now throwing his legs just like the pranks of a dying horse because Mr. Amidu had spent less than one day to demolish the perceived all-righteous wall he had stayed in all his political life.
The President, through his Executive Secretary, Nana Asante Bediatuo, threw punches at Mr. Amidu, all in the name of responding to the allegations he made against his best buddy in his resignation letter.
The arena has been cleared for the bout to begin with apparatchiks of the President dropping salvos against Mr. Amidu, the very person they saw as the hammer to dismantle the NDC because he had touched Mr. Clean Akufo-Addo.
The Martin A.B.K. Amidu, as Ghana and the world know, would not let go of the President and his men who were trying hard to keep the incorruptible belt he had snatched from the President following his resignation, and responded to every single attack on his person.
In the defensive mood, it became obvious that the President’s ‘attack dogs’ had poor precision and weak reflexes to deal with the man who knows how to attack and still keep his position as the victim instead of being the aggressor.
Mr. Amidu, in parrying the attacks on his person and the work that he did on the Agyapa transaction, has succeeded in exposing President Akufo-Addo of nepotism, lethargic governance, mismanagement and bad governance.
Now through Mr. Amidu, President Akufo-Addo is known to be running a clannish government, with poor understanding of the dynamics of how to fight corruption and the tendencies of fighting people he has entrusted with power to fight corruption because his blood relations were involved in corrupt acts.
Since the public disagreement with President Akufo-Addo, Mr. Amidu has been using the crucial and tense moments to impugn criminality on some persons in power, with claims that his life was in danger and that there were threats to burn his home down and also kill him.
As usual, the indefatigable Mr. Amidu has not been able to name those people who were after his life. The government as part of moves to soothe Mr. Amidu’s anger and prevent him from shredding the President further, says it was providing the resigned special prosecutor with unmatched security.
In what looks like a defeat, certain elements have thrown in the towel and are asking President Nana Akufo- Addo ‘Show Boy’ to concentrate on his campaign towards the December 7, 2020 elections and ignore the hard punches from his once bosom friend, although he is suffering from bruises.
Laughably, the very people who gave President Akufo-Addo thumbs-up for appointing Mr. Amidu are now accusing the President of appointing the wrong person to be the engineer of the Office of Special Prosecutor, which is Akufo-Addo has lost that bragging right because he interfered and impeded the very special prosecutor he appointed to fight corruption because he had touched on the President’s darling finance minister.
Mr. President could secure the services of the best crop of people to clean the mess the ‘Heroic’ Mr. Amidu has created for him, but no amount of detergent can clean the mess till eternity.