Written By Bubu Klinogo -The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has entreated Ghanaian Muslims to be cautious of persons who hide behind the religion to perpetuate heinous crimes in the society. Speaking at a ceremony to mark this year's Eid ul Fitr, the President urged the different Islamic groups in the country to work towards peaceful co-existence, and be wary of ideologies that may pervert a beautiful religion like Islam for selfish and destructive ends. The president's call is in the right direction but it must not be seen as being addressed to only Muslims but rather adherents of all religions in Ghana, and indeed the world at large.
My name is Lt Col (Rtd) Edward Affainie. The gruesome killing of Capt. Mahama is a clarion call to the Military High Command to do an in-house cleaning.
I joined the military at a very tender age just after my GCE Advanced Level education. During our enlistment my best friend and I were awaiting our results. I retired as a Lt Col having served in various capacities from platoon level, instructor at the Military Academy, through to the Army Headquarters level and ended my carrier in December 2010 as Deputy Director for Peacekeeping Operations at the Army HQ.
When I was about 5 years old, my father passed away and life took a dramatic turn. My uncles from my father's side took all his properties, per the custom in my village in Ghana, so each of my father's seven wives had to find ways to provide and take care of their children. My mother struggled to get enough food — mainly beans and vegetables — to make even one daily meal for myself and my six siblings. She would make our food as spicy as possible so that we would have to drink a lot and fill our stomachs with water.