COLONEL FESTUS ABOAGYE’S DIALOGUE PROPOSITION BETRAYS HIS POSITION OF YESTERDAY.
While the entire country is grappling with the sinuous and tortuous nature of these Western Togolanders’ idea of seeking independence from Ghana, several prominent personalities have expressed views which are far from finding solutions to the issues pertaining to these matters.
Colonel ￼Festus Aboagye is one of such persons to have come up with a solution for this seemingly insuperable albatross around our neck as a nation. Though he owes no one any apologies for sharing his expert views on the matter, his point of prognosis departs from what is considered to be a norm in such matters.
According to the retired military officer and security analyst, the best option for the Akufo-Addo administration is to sit around a table and dialogue with the secessionists. This position defies, for want of a better word, logic.
Colonel Aboagye makes the point that with the huge number of people who voted No during the plebiscite, it is just idyllic that a reconciliatory position is adopted.
Per this proposition, if a party garners a sizable number of people during elections, that party can hold the country to ransom. The NDC, per this advanced logic of Colonel Aboagye, should rise and demand a part of the country just because of the 44% they had in the 2016 elections.
It is interesting reading something the good Colonel wrote sometime ago and juxtaposing same with his current position makes embracing his current proposition extremely difficult.
In his ‘Indigenous African Warfare, it’s concept and art in the Gold Coast, Asante and the Northern Territories’, he wrote on page 459 that the provisional division of Togoland into the British and French spheres was confirmed by the League of Nations in 1922 as mandated territories.
The above follows an internationally accepted and recognized state of affairs and same ought not to be altered. Colonel Aboagye holds this position in high esteem and must not be seen to be propagating a contrary opinion now.
Many have had the cause to believe that Colonel Festus Aboagye’s position today would have changed if the NDC were in power and I couldn’t agree with them more. It is as though all the acceptable norms in the security architecture have been downsized because the NPP is in office.
It is becoming a norm for Colonel Festus Aboagye to be holding contrary positions on matters of security as against those of the ruling party. It is, therefore, not out of place for people to believe that the security analyst’s proposition is partisanship-induced.
P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.