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JDM IS LIKE A SHAKY STRIKER YELLING FROM THE SUBSTITUTES’ BENCH

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Looking closely at former President John Dramani Mahama’s behaviour and criticism of everything about Nana Akufo-Addo’s government, one might be reminded of a uninteresting soccer player who, through sheer luck or accident of history, got the chance to play in the striker’s position.

Looking closely at former President John Dramani Mahama’s behaviour and criticism of everything about Nana Akufo-Addo’s government, one might be reminded of a uninteresting soccer player who, through sheer luck or accident of history, got the chance to play in the striker’s position.

 

The kind many people thought did not deserve the opportunity but they couldn’t prove their doubts right, either. In other words, like a sluggish or consistently wasteful striker who has just been substituted and is sitting on the bench, ex-President Mahama is screaming from the sidelines, complaining bitterly to the technical team that he could have done better if he hadn’t been replaced sooner …

I beg your pardon? The cold truth about “Footballer Mahama” is that he wishes Ghanaians would never remember he was in a fast-paced soccer game and just couldn’t keep up.

He was shooting aimlessly all over the field ‒ missing clear penalty shoot-outs; endlessly shooting over the bar; getting caught repeatedly offside ‒ and, as a result, the Ghanaian technical crew smartly decided to bring in a more effective player to prevent further damage to the team’s overall strategy.

Let’s not forget that before his substitution, “Striker JDM” had been shooting blanks in front of the goalposts for the last 70 minutes of the 90-minute game. This greatly explained why Team Ghana lost badly during the former NDC leader’s time as marksman.

Time to warm up

Ironically, as soon as the team made changes in injury time to introduce more creativity and potency into the losing Ghana side, the substituted and lethargic JDM began yelling frenziedly from the bench in the direction of the “pitch”, exclaiming that he strongly believes he is better than the player who replaced him (President Akufo-Addo), because the substitute is shooting over the bar more often than when he (JDM) used to play.

We all know Ghana is a soccer-crazed nation, so one can be confident that Ghanaians will understand these deep-seated political machinations of the ex-President’s. “Striker Mahama” has just been replaced in the fiercely contested game for performing poorly ‒ remember, he lost dismally in the 2016 election.

Rather than sitting down to get much-needed rest and allowing his substitute time to warm up into a game he himself couldn’t handle well, Mr Mahama is protesting shamelessly to the coach/technical team (ie, Ghanaian voters) and at the same time screaming at his substitute.

One of his main complaints is that he should not have been substituted, because the man who replaced him has just hit the crossbar and failed to score.

What I’m simply trying to say is that former President John Mahama is behaving almost like an inefficient number 9 striker. Most football fans already know he is not competent or sharp in front of the goal.

Yet he is trying hard to persuade Ghanaians, as though he’s the only person who has what it takes to rescue Ghana from the doldrums. Mr Mahama was in this game for a considerable length of time and Ghanaian spectators witnessed his awful abilities as a player. This is precisely why he was substituted.

JDM’s inferno

Whatever social or economic hardships the country may be going through under the relatively young government of President Akufo-Addo, the hope is that Ghanaians will not be naively forgetful and fall for the pranks and “honey-filled-good-old-days” campaigning that Mahama and his cabal keep rehashing and trying to sell to us.

Even more than that, this column hopes Ghanaian voters will remain thoughtful and, more importantly, keep their critical thinking caps on. This is what will enable them to recall clearly the “inferno” the people experienced not long ago during Mr Mahama’s amateurish six-year tenure.

Undeniably, the former president and his NDC underlings have not an iota of shame about their poor handling of Ghana’s previously encouraging trajectory during the post-Kufuor regime.

From Mr Mahama’s political posturing, none of us need be a rocket scientist to figure out that the former President takes the average Ghanaian for a political fool.

In fact, there is a reason behind Mr Mahama’s machinations, because it is this same person who was reported as saying that Ghanaians forget things too easily, perhaps to the point of amnesia.

In fact, what Mr Mahama meant is that no matter his abysmal track record, amnesiac Ghanaians will soon forget everything ‒ as if dumsor, big-time corruption, or galamsey never happened ‒ so long as he keeps muddying the water by telling the country how bad the Akufo-Addo-led government is.

It is why the ex-President keeps talking cynically about Free SHS ‒ one of the most important social intervention programmes Ghana has launched since independence.

Again like a slow striker, Mr Mahama was underperforming for a long time on the pitch before he was replaced. Even though he seems to have found his “striking voice” now, yelling at another player who has just taken his place, Mr Mahama ought to surrender to the fact that he still is a wasteful “striker” who lacks the quick-wit and skills for shooting accurately at the goal.

Brother Mahama, give it up. Ghanaians are politically savvy and have had enough of your empty antics.

Bernard Asubonteng is a US-based writer. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.