COMMENTARY: Intriguing Nature Of The Truth
BY: Nana Ogboro
One phenomenon that has always intrigued many great minds from all spheres of life is ‘the truth.’ I’ve had the occasion to discuss the intriguing nature of the truth with you; but past and very recent events have colluded and made it imperative for me to once again discuss the phenomenon of the truth with you.
What is the truth? How do we identify the truth? Is it what others want us to believe? Is it what we think or believe to be the truth? Or could it be the story behind what are being fed? These and other related questions are what I ask myself when faced with the dilemma of trying to decipher the truth from a complex puzzle.
The truth manifests itself in different forms. Sometimes the truth speaks very loudly even without one saying a word. That is when people do not need words to convince them of the truth because one’s actions and mannerisms have already done the talking. Such a situation is aptly described by the maxim, “Actions speak louder than words.” One of such is the Waterville scandal.
When the Waterville scandal first broke, many of us did not have a shred of doubt that it was an orchestrated scheme to ‘loot and share.’ But the propagandist called us names and denied anything untoward had happened. They jumped from one radio station to another to defend the shameless act of rape. Courtesy of the Citizen Vigilante, the Supreme Court confirmed what we knew all along. The court observed that Waterville had connived with some government officials to ‘loot’ the state and ‘share’ the booty.
It has been over three moons since the judgment was made, and we are yet to see the government take any step to retrieve the gargantuan cowries. Why? Because the obvious truth is that some officials of the Zu-za government colluded and connived with the company to loot and share.
As for the ‘woyomization’ saga, the least said about it the better. A man does not work for the state, yet the state pays him a whopping 51 million cowries. They tell us they are trying him in court, but we know better. All we can see is a ‘pilolo’ game being played, not a serious trial.
Other times too intimidation and threats are used to suppress the truth. When news of the human mosquito hatching blocks and building mansions broke out, did we not hear threats of court actions? It has been over 24 moons now and we are yet to see any court summons. It is now very obvious that he only used threats to suppress the truth.
Yes, he did succeed, but only for a while. With the passage of time, my compatriots have finally realized it was only an empty threat issued to throw dust into our eyes. The truth is most times very shocking. When that nice gentleman walked into the offices of the ubiquitous DAILY GUIDE some two years back and proclaimed that the then Governor of the Bank of Ghana was his gay partner since their Mfantsipim days, most Asomdwekromanians were shocked to the bone. That affable economists and sweet husband and father engaged in homosexuality? That is very shocking!
Another shocking revelation was Andrew Solomon’s piece titled ‘In Bed With The Ghana President?” He revealed in the piece that he had hosted the said president in his home, a gay household, and organized a party in his honour. His hidden agenda was to influence the president to promote the rights of homosexuals in Ghana and West Africa in general. And why did he choose this particular president and not any other? The answer is very simple: Birds of the same feather flock together. That is the bitter truth, and is it not shocking?
But the only thing more shocking than the truth is the desperate falsehood churned out to cover it up. The truth is seen clearly when contradictory responses are given to a simple question. About 1200 students are sent to Cuba on the Cuban government scholarship. The President says the country spends $5000 on each student. Other government officials too say it is $50,000 per student. Who do we believe?
Abusuapanin, we believe the truth; and the truth is that there is something fishy in the deal. As I write, the Cuba government website still maintains that the students are on Cuban government scholarship.
The truth is also made manifest when people desperately throw mud in the hope that some will stick. What name has Nana Addo not been called? He had been called all sorts of names, including being labeled ‘a very violent person.’ Now that the Supreme Court has delivered its verdict, we all know the truth. We now know the true ‘Asomdwehene’, don’t we?
As I watched Prof. Awoonor’s mortal remains being received by family members and friends on television, something strange hit me. I realized that was not the case with the late Agya Ofuntuo. His family was virtually missing in action as the government hijacked the whole ceremony. It then dawned on me that one ceremony could sometimes reveal the truth behind another ceremony. So I ask; who or what killed Agya Ofuntuo?
There are times too that the truth is buried deep in the soil, and requires covert investigations like the Anas type to unravel it. All manner of allegations have been made against the nine Supreme Court judges. I do not believe the allegations, but I also do not have any proof to confidently clear the lingering fogs in my medulla; especially with ‘ballot stuffing’ being legitimized. I therefore strongly believe that some investigations are needed to unravel the truth.
Believe me, the truth always finds a way to come out. It is one of the fundamental truths of time. And when it does, it can either set you free or destroy everything you fought to build on falsehood.
So presidential homosexuals, human mosquitoes and those engaging in legal gymnastics should beware. For the truth cannot be suppressed forever.
See you next week for another interesting konkonsa, Deo volente!