Togbega Gabusu VI desecrated the dead and the womb of the Earth called the Tomb !

Togbega Gabusu VI desecrated the dead and the womb of the Earth, the Tomb.
He piled the land with crime and guilt, he torched the ancestral path of life, he murdered the dead twice over, stanched the span of his reign, the peace of Hohoe has been rend and the gods are suspended amidst rancor and mayhem.
You have no right to pile upon peoples sorrows and pains. You have rained storms and curses upon the land, Mawu is aggrieved, and we are doubly-bereaved.
In the beginning, there was land before the arrival of man, Togbevi Gabusu, no man owns the land, for the land is the spout of life, the land belongs to all, the land is us all.
“We have nothing against each other. They befriend and marry our women, and we also befriend and marry their women,” he said.
Alhaji Karimu’s father was one of the earliest settlers in Hohoe whose fathers came to Hohoe in the volta region of Ghana in 1938 and Hohoe has since been their home. He personally has very close ties with the indigenes of the area.
Togbega Gabusu VI, the paramount chief of the Gbi Traditional Area, was his teacher and he still has a very close relationship with him.
“I see him as my father because we’re very free. When I organised a football league in Hohoe it was in Togbega’s house I kept all the equipment,” he said. “If anybody ever told me that such a thing will happen in Hohoe between the Muslims and Gbi people I would never believe it.”
Indeed, not many people would have believed what went on in Hohoe that fateful Monday, June 11, 2012, could ever take place. It was a slideshow of events that reached its tragic climax that Monday morning when the security apparatus failed to act based on available intelligence.
The violent clashes between the Muslim community and indigenes of Hohoe were sparked by the exhumation of the body of a 120years-old Imam, Alhaji Alhassan Sani under the direct order and supervision of the traditional ruler Togbega Gabusu VI.
Earlier, the Gbi Traditional Council had issued an edict ordering the Muslim community to exhume the body of a 20-year-old man who had been electrocuted and henceforth stop burying their dead on Gbi land which was a very awkward, strange and unacceptable culture in the eyes of the good people of Ghana and Africa as whole with regards to culture, social norms and respect for the dead.
Togbe Agyeman, the divisional chief of Gbi Abansi and spokesperson for the Gbi Traditional Council, explained that the order to exhume the body was issued before the death of the Chief Imam because the Muslim community had defied the order of Paramount Chief of Gbi Traditional Area, Togbega Gabusu VI, to apologise to authorities of the Hohoe Municipal Hospital and pay for some damages some Muslim youth had caused at the hospital.
An incidence which the police were already handling with investigations ongoing, this prompted the police to issue a statement to the traditional council to desist from any form of actions(rulings) which may lead to provocations.
The youth were said to have become furious when they were snubbed by authorities of the Hospital in demand of the dead body of their relative, this led to assaults on some nurses and mortuary attendants when they unfortunately thought the corpse which the hospital authorities were about to convey to mortuary was theirs, a practice they said was against Islam.
“There was a woman who died as a result of snake bite so the mortuary attendants were coming for that woman but our youth who were already angered due to the  ill-treatment of their deceased relative thought it was their corpse,” Alhaji Mairiga, spokesperson for the Hohoe Muslim Community, narrated. “It led to a scuffle and the mortuary attendant sustained injuries.”
“The hospital authorities went to complain to the police about the incident, Togbega Gabusu VI upon hearing the news sent a word to the Zongo community that they had gone too far and needed to render an unqualified apology to the hospital and make sure they replaced all the items they had vandalised, but they refused,” Togbe Agyeman(the divisional chief of Gbi Abansi and spokesperson for the Gbi Traditional Council) said.
He explained that the Municipal Chief Executive of Hohoe, some members of the Muslim community and other prominent persons went to plead with the Gbi traditional authorities but the discussion was not concluded.
“The Muslim community had informed Togbega that, per their tradition, they did not bury their dead after 4pm. Togbega, having this at the back of his mind, said it was even past 4:30pm so they should come the following morning for the two parties to resolve the existing problem before the burial of the Chief Imam,” Togbe Agyeman narrated.
Alhaji Mairiga admitted that there was no official permission to go ahead and bury the Imam but while the discussion was ongoing, those of them at home had signals of a possible resolution of the misunderstanding.
“We had information that there was the possibility that Togbega would allow the burial to take place. Immediately we arranged for the final prayer for the corpse,” he said.
According to him, they were still waiting for the final message from the meeting between the Muslim leaders and the traditional authorities of Gbi, but “you know the crowd and agitations. They decided to bury him. Once they said there was the possibility that it [their plea with the Togbega] would be accepted, we took that as permission and went and buried the Imam.”
He said the following morning the Muslim community discovered “to their horror” that the body of the Imam had been exhumed, stabbed and dumped on the road to Santrokofi, a town between Hohoe and Jasikan.
Togbega Gabusu and his Gbi Traditional Council have ordered the exhumation of the body as a punishment to the Muslim community.
Alhaji Mairiga said the Muslim community consulted the Bla Division of Gbi, the landlords of the Muslim community, and they advised that the body be re-buried at the Imam’s residence or any mosque of their choice so that they meet with authorities of the Gbi Traditional Council to resolve the issue.
He said they were in the process of burying the Imam at the mosque when they heard that a section of the youth upon orders from the Gbi traditional council were in their numbers with weapons of all kinds to prevent the Muslims from re-burying their 120years old deceased Imam. The Muslims youth in efforts lf defends and struggles went to the the residence of Togbega Gabusu and vandalised his house and set two of his vehicles ablaze.
The indigenes also mobilised and carried out reprisal attacks. The Muslim youth had retreated but the anger was visited on shops and other businesses owned by members of the Muslim community. Three persons were killed while others sustained various degrees of injuries.
Usman Yusif, 24, saw and greeted his father early that Monday morning and again saw him briefly at the burial of the Chief Imam at the mosque. He later heard that his father, Usman Abdulai, was shot. The 60-year-old second-hand clothes dealer had gone to salvage his stock when he heard about the burning of shops. But neither he nor his property was saved. His son later saw his lifeless body at the Hohoe Municipal Hospital, where the health authorities had tried desperately to save him.
“He was shot in the head and neck,” Yusif said. He said they had to go and bury him in Kpando. Muslims in Hohoe have since been burying their dead in other districts, pending the resolution of the existing differences.
In all, 101 shops and their contents were set ablaze. A curfew was imposed but that did not stop the burning of two more Mosques and residences that Monday night.
Ali Iddrisu had to be whisked into the Barclays Bank for safety when Gbi youth stormed his two shops. The traumatised trader said he lost more than GH¢100,000.
“After the first attack, some of the things did not burn so later in the day I went and selected them but when I finished and was about to send them home they returned and burnt the rest,” he said.
The Gbi Traditional Council issued an ultimatum to the Muslim community to return the regalia that were missing when the chief’s house was vandalised, but relaxed the ultimatum due to intervention from different authorities. Togbe Agyeman said the return of the regalia was one great step to peace and reconciliation.
But even as the mystery of the missing regalia is yet to be unravelledand the victims still count the cost of the destruction, there is still a way out – forgiveness. The only lasting solution to the Hohoe crises is forgiveness from both sides.
The effect of war, our wise elders say, is like rain. It doesn’t fall on only one roof.
My piece of word to our traditional leaders is that “kingship is no toy for toddlers”
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Ghana A country of "Brainwashed Idiots"

Yes, I said it! Go hang yourself if you disagree. We are supposed to be a sovereign nation whose citizens should be boasting to the outside world of our rich cultural heritage and prosperity; in stead, we project poverty and inferiority complex. Our forefathers toiled to dissolve the umbilical cord that married us to the colonialists, only for greed and abject stupidity of our leaders to derail our progress, leaving our country worse than the colonialists left it.
For one, Ghanaians suffer collectively from inferiority complex. That should be common knowledge to all. We would rather glorify foreign customs and norms than our own. How do we live in a country that has a bona fide currency but locally trades in the United States Dollars (USD)? Did we run out of Cedi? When?
The following incident prompted me to write this article: A couple of days ago some coworkers of mine and I had a brief discussion about Ghanaian architecture and how much houses are generally sold for. It was easy talking about Mediterranean, contemporary and modern architectural flairs that grace our cities. The discussion went smoothly until we “googled” the cost of houses in Ghana. We were taken to multiple websites, among them Ghanaweb.com. What did we see? Every house was priced in United States Dollars. “Don’t you have a currency?” was asked of me by my coworkers. I have never been this humiliated in my life! (Please see:
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/realestate/luxury_houses.php, http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/realestate/bargain_houses.php, http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/realestate/apartments.php, http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/realestate/uncompleted_houses.php, http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/realestate/residential_rentals.php )
Every land or house advertised for sale, completed or otherwise, is in dollars. Being domiciled abroad for decades, I just noticed that this practice has been ongoing for far too long.
If the US dollar is our medium of exchange in many quarters, what then is the purpose of our national currency, Cedi? Are we that stupid as a nation?
Talking to my brother-in-law about this, I discovered that a significant number of Ghanaians converts their earnings into foreign currencies and open foreign accounts with them in the country.
Delving deeper into the subject, I came across several articles online stating the devastating impact of this practice on our economy. (http://business.myjoyonline.com/pages/banking/201206/88229.php; Joy Online News: Statement: BoG has not taken any decision to close foreign deposit accounts [http://business.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201206/88007.php]; Joy Online News: Foreign currency account holders to pay the price for Cedi depreciation [http://business.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201206/87998.php]; Joy Online News: Government denies plan to ban dollar accounts [http://business.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201206/88030.php]
Did our elected officials just realize the devastating impact of this practice on our economy? I mean are they plain stupid, grossly uneducated, simply nonchalant—or all of the above?
Point number two, it is also common knowledge that Ghanaians are a peace-loving and hospitable people. These are virtues I brag about always. But, to what extent, should we allow people to filter through our porous borders into our country? Talking to my friends and family in the Central Region, Kumasi and Accra, it is known that Ghana is now overcrowded with Nigerians. What’s more, their so-called 419 scams have crossed the Nigerian borders into ours. They have flooded our country to the extent that Ghanaians can’t enjoy peace. It’s annoying enough to be called at 5 am from Nigeria about an order from Microsoft, which one didn’t place; and it’s a whole different story to flood another country and become a nuisance. Didn’t a Nigerian kill his Ghanaian girlfriend just this month? (See [URL]http://news1.ghananation.com/headlines/261803-nigerian-man-kills-19-year-old-ghanaian-lover-and-tosses-body-in-neighbor-s-compound-photo.html). Did this murderer have the guts to do this because Ghanaians are too stupid, too lax and too accommodating when dealing with foreigners?
Again, didn’t a Nigerian criminal forge the signature of one of our ex-president’s (Kufour’s?) for a shady deal that was later uncovered? Haven’t we heard of many Nigerians implicated in armed robberies in Ghana?
Worse, friends tell me there are loads of buses of people from Nigeria coming into Ghana daily. The annoying thing, as one pointed out, was a bus with an inscription that went something like, “Nigeria: A country of Good People.” I don’t think a genuinely good people would advertise themselves that way. Can this be a cover-up for who they really are? Or is it meant to divert attention from who they really are?
What’s more, any discernable individual who has the guts to talk frankly about Nigerians in Ghana is often confronted with, “We have businesses here, and we pouring billions of dollars into your economy.” For one, Ghanaians didn’t ask any Nigerian to start a business in Ghana. Two, Ghana as a whole benefits from a net negative impact of Nigerian presence in our country, all things considered. If starting a business in Nigeria is not feasible for them because of corruption and the political atmosphere, tough luck!! They should look to the Middle East and North Africa for answers: Arab Spring!! We have many problems plaguing our country and we don’t need their presence, which complicates life for us.
Is it being alleged here that every Nigerian is a criminal and nuisance? No! However, there are too many fraudulent acts committed by too many Nigerians that it’s difficult for most Ghanaians to separate the good from the bad. Even in the United States and United Kingdom, there are Nigerians who hide their “Nigerian identity” when dealing with others. If some Nigerians feel uncomfortable disclosing their country of origin because of fraud commonly associated with them, then perhaps many can excuse my ignorance.
My Ga siblings are upset over the procurement of their lands by other tribes, mostly Ashantis. Do Gas know that many foreigners, mostly Nigerians, are snatching up their lands? I will admit that we are literally selling our country to foreigners, and if this trend should continue in that trajectory there will be nothing left for the future generations.
What about the Togolese, Fulanis and other “illegal” foreigners in our country? It is no secret that individuals from countries bordering Ghana easily move to our country as if Ghana is a city in their own country. Being close to Ghana doesn’t make one a Ghanaian, just as being born in Mexico doesn’t make one a citizen of the United States. Our leaders must do a lot to prevent influx of people into our fragile and poor economy. Do I expect them to heed this advice? No, because they are preoccupied with stealing public money.
Has Ghana known real peace since the floodgates of our borders were left ajar?
Do our elected leaders see this as a problem? Sadly, no! Why? It is simply because they only care about money they will make from shady deals and not the wellbeing of the general populace.
Point number three: Our elected leaders are a disgrace to our country. They would sell the soul of our country for a pittance. Corruption is so prevalent in our political culture that there are only a few good politicians, and even they are endangered species. One needs to take a cursory glance at our many national ills and will realize how incompetent our leaders are.
Both the NPP and the NDC are corrupt to the core. Politicians from both parties have lost any shred of trust we have in them. We should all shy away from the partisan nonsense we are mostly engulfed in and fight for the one country we all call home.
How many politicians from both parties haven’t being implicated in corruption? The sanest politician in Ghana, I must reluctantly admit, is probably Rawlings. However, he presided over corruption for decades and his current utterances directed against corruption in his own party are just a means of venting his frustration for the mistreatment of his family by the party he founded.
On the same score, it is no secret that I admire Kwame Nkrumah for all he did. However, I loathe the man for being the inspiration for OAU and its “offshoot” ECOWAS, of which Ghana is a member. We should expel all foreigners who are in our country illegally and opt out of ECOWAS if needed. We are a sovereign nation and capable of such acts. Our country is on the downward spiral and may continue in that direction if such stringent measures are not taken. We should welcome professionals and citizens from other countries who will further our development, or people who apply to enter our country legally in search of “greener pastures.”
All the same, we should put a cap on the number of people entering our country “legally,” for we still remain a poor country. We are not the United States. We are not the United Kingdom. Our country will remain unsustainable if we continue to open our borders to anyone who wants to come in. We are suffering and something has to be done.
Ghana, wake up!! Our low self-esteem and lax attitude as well as our greedy and selfish leaders are destroying the very fiber of our country. We have been stupid and have acted stupidly for far too long!! Wake-up, Ghana. Wake-up, Ghana. Wake-up!!!
Kofi Bannerman (kofi.bannerman@yahoo.com)

Feature Article 2012-06-27 

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Breaking the Love between


Breaking the Love between young and old
In the traditional culture children benefited not only from continuous contact with both mother and father, but also from a way of life in which different age groups constantly interacted. It was quite natural for older children to feel a sense of responsibility for the younger ones. A younger child in turn looked up with respect and admiration, seeking to imitate the older ones. Growing up was a natural, non-competitive learning process.
Now children are split into different age groups at school. This sort of leveling has a very destructive effect. By artificially creating social units in which everyone is the same age, the ability of children to help and to learn from each other is greatly reduced. Instead, conditions for competition are automatically created, because each child is put under pressure to be just as good as the next one. In a group of ten children of quite different ages, there will naturally be much more cooperation than in a group of ten twelve-year-olds.
The division into different age groups is not limited to school. Now there is a tendency to spend time exclusively with one’s peers. As a result, a mutual intolerance between young and old has emerged. Young children nowadays have less and less contact with their grandparents, who often remain behind in the village. Living with many traditional families over the years, I have witnessed the depth of the bond between children and their grandparents. It is clearly a natural relationship, with a very different dimension from that between parent and child. To sever this connection is a profound tragedy.
Similar pressures contribute to the breakdown of the traditional family. The Western model of the nuclear family is now seen as the norm, and Ghanaians are beginning to feel ashamed about their traditional practices. As young people reject the old family structure in favour of the modern, the population is rising with all sorts of social vices. At the same time, traditional life is losing its status, and the respect for our traditional rulers is decreasing. This too contributes to the many often bloody clashes between indigenes and settlers in our villages like the most recent one in Hohoe.

Article_A People Divided

A people divided
Perhaps the most tragic of all the changes I have observed in recent Ghana is the vicious circle in which individual insecurity contributes to a weakening of family and community ties, which in turn further shakes individual self-esteem. Consumerism plays a central role in this whole process, since emotional insecurity contributes to a hunger for material status symbols. The need for recognition and acceptance fuels the drive to acquire possessions—possessions that will make you somebody. Ultimately, this is a far more important motivating force than a fascination for the things themselves.
It is heartbreaking to see people buying things to be admired, respected, and ultimately loved, when in fact the effect is almost inevitably the opposite. The individual with the new shiny car is set apart, and this furthers the need to be accepted. A cycle is set in motion in which people become more and more divided from themselves and from one another.
I’ve seen people divided from one another in many ways. A gap is developing between young and old, male and female, rich and poor, Christian and Muslim, and the Traditionalists. The newly created division between modern, educated expert and illiterate, ‘backward’   farmer is perhaps the biggest of all. Modernised Ghanaians have more in common with someone from The United State of America and United Kingdom than with their own relatives who have remained on the land, and they tend to look down on anyone less modern. Some children living in the modern sector are now so distanced from their parents and grandparents that they don’t even speak the same language. Educated in English and French, they are losing mastery of their native tongue.
Around the world, another consequence of development is that the men leave their families in the rural sector to earn money in the modern economy. The men become part of the technologically based life outside the home and are seen as the only productive members of society. In my country, the roles of male and female are becoming increasingly polarised as their work becomes more differentiated.
Women become invisible shadows. They do not earn money for their work, so they are almost no longer seen as ‘productive’. Their work is not included as part of the Gross National Product. In government statistics, the 40% or so of Ghanaians who work in the modern sector are listed according to their occupations; the other 60%—housewives and traditional farmers—are lumped together as ‘non-workers’. Farmers and women are coming to be viewed as inferior, and they themselves are developing feelings of insecurity and inadequacy.
Over the years I have seen the strong, outgoing women of my country being replaced by a new generation—women who are unsure of themselves and extremely concerned with their appearance. Traditionally, the way a woman looked was important, but her capabilities—including tolerance and social skills—were much more appreciated.
Despite their new dominant role, men also clearly suffer as a result of the breakdown of family and community ties.
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I was On tv3 Ghana for humanity

NZEMA YOUTH ASSOCIATION DONATES TO AUDREY AKUBA NYAMEKEH’S SURGERY.

14 Mar

from: Sultan Nuhu Mohammed (facebook)
Dear all, I Am happy to inform you on behalf of the executives of Nzema Youth Association that we have done exactly what we promised. At the premises of tv3 today the 14th of March, 2012 at 12:42pm we made history. In the name of Nzema Youth Association , we have donated an amount of GHC410 to the management of tv3 on the behalf of Auderey Akuba Nyamekeh. “We sincerely thank you, and we thank all members of the Nzema Youth Association for this good gesture in support towards her operation.May God Bless you all.” these were the warm appreciation message from the management of tv3. We thank you all.

 
This is how Tv3 Carried the News:
Nzema Youth Donates 410 Cedis Towards Surgery
Source: TV3 News | Date:16/03/2012

CedisThe Nzema Youth Association has donated four hundred and ten Ghana cedis towards the surgery of Audrey Nyameke.


Audrey needs an amount of 8400 US dollars for her hole in heart surgery.


The Public Relations Officer of the Nzema Youth Association, Nuhu Mohammed presented the cash for the surgery.


Nuhu Mohammed, said, the association was touched by the plight of Audrey Nyameke.


Broadcast journalist Davida Quaye received the donation and thanked them on behalf of TV3.