There is always that last straw that breaks the camel’s back, and for Ghana’s "sick" criminal justice system, Ahmed Hussein's gruesome murder might be that straw. This incident is horrifying no doubt, but not surprising. When a pauper masquerading as a millionaire brandishes the image of an UNDERCOVER journalist on live TV, what more can you expect? A lawmaker was stabbed in cold blood in his house, a military man was lynched by an angry mob, a regional party chairman was bathed in acid, hooligans stormed a court and freed their colleagues on camera, and the list continues, yet the law sees no wrong done? When justice is denied or delayed, there can be only one outcome—anarchy.
As a society, we get good at seeing and hearing no evil depending on who is in power. Our self-acclaimed men of God and intellectuals remain tongue-tied, well-adjusted to suffering and injustice. We see all the ills of society only when someone from the other tribe or the other party is at the helm of affairs.
You can play the game of sleeping beauty when ordinary Zongo men allegedly resembling “armed robbers” are shot, but when an UNDERCOVER journalist with friends around the world is murdered, it’s a different ball game—you will need to wake the fuck up.
It is often heard that, should Anas be killed today, more of his kind will spring up. Well, you will not spill another drop of blood in the name of making society better just so criminals can live free. If you are in this beautiful garden, it’s because you have a right to be here. Africa is already drenched in the blood of heroes and patriots. Yet, when you look around you can see that dark cloud looming over Congo and Libya.
When you listen attentively, you can hear the shrilled voice of Kwame Nkrumah and Thomas Sankara weeping in that cold room. Any group of people who selfishly feed on their own can never see progress nor peace. So be it. Fifty-eight years have passed since the Assassination of Patrice Lumumba and Congo is still soiled with blood. We have allowed politicians and sycophants to hijack our countries.
Today, these scoundrels are tearing into the fabric that holds one people, one nation with a common destiny together for their political gain and everyone is dead silent. How long are we going to allow this impunity to continue? How long are we going to allow selfish and warmongering individuals drag our conscience into very dark places for their own parochial gain? It’s been long overdue. Let’s see how the local champions will fare against the rest of the world.
Soale Abdul-Nasah is a social commentator.
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