Last Friday, June 9, Ghanaians were united in grief at the state funeral for Major Maxwell Mahama who met his untimely death two weeks ago at Denkyira Obuasi in the Central Region while on a national assignment.
The gruesome murder of Major Mahama did not only send shock waves across the country but raise concerns as to why any group of people could commit such an unimaginable detestable act.
The various tributes read at the forecourt of the State House during the burial service painted a picture of an intelligent officer who given the opportunity to live his life in full will have contributed in no small way to the country's development.
Unfortunately, this was not to be. In view of the fact that Major Mahama was in the line of duty, to combat illegal mining or “galamsey” in the area, any attempt to politicise his death and burial will point to a country which is not grateful to its heroes and heroines. He was, therefore, pursing a noble duty aimed at protecting the interest of the nation as a whole. His death did not only hurt his immediate family but the entire nation could not come to terms with bizarre circumstances surrounding his demise. Again, the late Major’s colleagues in the military are so devastated that some of them given the chance would have also taught the culprits a lesson they would not have easily forgotten. However, since we all believe in constitutional democracy, the various leaders in the country, sad as they are, have impressed upon every one deeply affected by this incidence to remain calm for the law to take its course.
The President, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo, has already promised that the culprits will be rigidly dealt with according to the laws of the country. Similarly, former Presidents, Jerry John Rawlings and John Mahama, in their condolence messages prayed that justice will take its
course in memory of the late military officer.
These are difficult times for the military colleagues of the late Major Mahama as well as members of the family, particularly his wife. For this reason, it will be unreasonable for any group of people to politicise the issue for any reason. Usually in politics, people play gimmicks with issues in order to score political points against their political opponents. However, politicisation of this matter should not be given accommodation in the socio-economic realms of this country.
What has happened is very unfortunate and requires careful analysis of all issues involved in order to arrive at a meaningful conclusion and prevent another recurrence.
Those who caused his unfortunate murder, therefore, deserve to be strictly dealt with according to law so as to serve as a deterrent to all others in future.
The issue of in a matter politicisation of this nature is not necessary since it stands the chance of turning the country into a state of confusion, with the potential to bury the true facts of the case. No Ghanaian from any of the political divide should aggravate the pain of the bereaved families by politicising of the matter for the purpose of scoring cheap political points.
This is not the time for any blame game, because the incident could have happened to anyone at anytime. The sad death of Major Mahama should, therefore teach us a good lesson to be ever prepared to ward off similar unfortunate occurrences irrespective of the people involved. This way, we will be helping the country to move forward with a united front for the benefit of all and sundry as citizens of this noble and great nation.
BY KOFI AMPONSAH-BEDIAKO, HEAD OF PUBLIC RELATIONS, GHANA STANDARDS AUTHORITY