[ 2010-09-18 ]
Azorka: The man who rapes democracy with serrated penis
Time with Angel Gabriel by Eric Bawah
I heard Sofo Azorka, the NDC hooligan speaking to
Adom FM, a day after the bloody Atiwa
I nearly broke a rip through uncontrolled laughter
when this former truck pusher, half-baked literate
and half-baked politician tried to justify
violence as a way to win political power.
He began with an illogical premise and proceeded
perfectly to an illogical conclusion.
He insulted almost everybody who also had the
opportunity to be interviewed by the presenter.
To him, Frances Essiam was stupid.
Alhaji Mugtar Bamba was senseless and the NPP
followers were useless. This is a man who is said
to be a vice chairman of the NDC in his
constituency up North. In today’s Ghana, power
has gone into wrong hands.
This man is simply raping democracy with serrated
penis while the leadership of the NDC watches
without any comments. The party seems to like the
violence that this man is noted for. God safe our
From what happened at Atiwa, one can easily
measure the threat to peace, come 2012. Alhaji
Bamba had served notice when he was elected as the
National Organizer of the NPP that if there is any
group called Azorka Boys, then Ghanaians should
expect to hear of another group called Bamba
Some people did not take him serious but to some
of us who know the Wenchi Showboy very well, we
knew what he said would come to pass.
What happened at Atiwa has brought to the fore the
saying that “violence begets violence.” In fact,
it is a clear message to this Azorka man that if
he and his fellow rabble-rousers try anything
funny, come 2012, he would live to regret.
If violence is the language that Azorka and his
colleagues understand, yours sincerely does not
understand why it should not be spoken to him.
Until the introduction of the Bamba Boys at Atiwa,
the Azorka Boys used to think there were no men in
the NPP. They used to act together with focused
violence and they were not afraid of anybody.
At Cheriponi and Akwatia, they deliberately
provoked people and caused confusion. I must admit
that I detest violence but in this particular case
one has no choice but to support what the Bamba
Boys did at Atiwa.
The law calls their action, self defence. They
couldn’t have folded their arms while these
visibly drugged guys had their way to kill and
It is a clear message to these boys from the North
that political power is not a matter of smash and
grab. Having tasted the Bamba medicine, these
nasty and brutish boys from the North are going
back to rehearse their tactics so that they could
face the Bamba Boys, come 2012.
For now, the battle lines are clearly drawn
between the Azorka Boys and Bamba Boys, and surely
the battleground will be nasty.
But for the action of the Bamba Boys, supported by
the local youth of Atiwa who simply refused to be
intimidated, lives would have been lost. It is for
this reason that Alhaji Musah Mugtar Bamba must,
as a matter of urgency, organize his boys to take
on these boys from the North in all the
constituencies in the country.
We can not rely on the security agencies because
they are going to show the same bias that they
showed at Atiwa. They did the same at Cheriponi
when they stood unconcerned while guns were
indiscriminately shot at NPP supporters.
There is no guarantee that they will change their
attitude in 2012. Because of the propensity of
the NDC to dismiss or punish persons who do not
toe the line of the party, these security men are
so afraid of the politicians that, they will do
everything to maintain their jobs. After all, man
The Akans have a saying that if someone kicks you
and you do not kick him back, he may think you
have shorter legs. That is why I support the
formation of Bamba Boys.
In the run-up to the 2008 General Elections, the
NDC used some sick brains called macho men to
bulldoze their way through.
These irresponsible and jobless muscle men
prevented people from voting and even seized
ballot boxes. In the Volta Region, NPP polling
agents were chased out and some suffered injuries.
Even before the electoral commission could
announce the results, the NDC organized their
people to storm the office of the commission to
force Dr. Afari Gyan to declare them winners.
Johnson Asiedu-Nketia, the NDC General-Secretary,
in particular, went to Radio Gold to call upon
supporters of the NDC to go to the Electoral
Commission’s office with cutlasses and any weapon
to force the commission to declare the results.
At the end of the day, when the NDC was declared
winner, Dr. Afari Gyan rightfully told Ghanaians
that anything that concerned violence should be
reported to the police and that the Electoral
Commission would not investigate the violence
visited on the NPP supporters. The chapter was
closed. Case die!
If we are to go by what Dr. Afari Gyan said, then
it stands to reason that the NPP should prepare
for the worst because in 2012, the violence would
surpass what happened in 2008.
Even when the NPP was in power, the Volta Region
was a no-go area for the party. What do you think
will happen in 2012, now that the NDC is in power
and controlling weapons and the security agents?
The truth is that not even a gazillion of Bamba
Boys can keep these people from doing what they
intend doing in the Volta Region on election day.
The only option is for the Bamba Boys to make the
strongholds of the NPP a no-go area for the Azorka
Boys as well.
You may wonder why a whole Angel Gabriel, the
senior messenger of God is defending violence
When I was a young boy growing up in the Zongo
somewhere in this country, we used to call the
bluff of any obstreperous bully by reposing in the
If such a bully came to realize how aggressive we
were, he beats a quick retreat to return no more.
Sometimes we pursued him even to his house and
taught him a lesson.
On the other hand, if we failed to react, the
bully would continue to torment us, thinking we
had no teeth to bite.
This was the same method used by the Bamba Boys at
Atiwa. When the Bamba Boys bared their teeth, the
Azorka Boys had to run for cover.
They were simply outfoxed. If the Azorka Boys are
allowed to have their own way, this country would
see no peace, particularly during elections
The behaviour of the Azorka Boys is what one can
term as negation of modernism. This barbarian
state-sponsored terrorism is directed against
everything that holds the innermost core of our
society, namely respect for human life and human
dignity, the values of freedom, tolerance,
democracy and peaceful conciliation of interest.
The murderous force used by this scatterbrain and
his fellow illiterate truck pushers in this
contemporary world should not be tolerated.
Several decades ago, the German philosopher, Karl
Popper wrote the following in his most powerful
book, his Opus Magnum which is entitled “The Open
Society and its Enemies”:
“We demand that the state restricts freedom to a
certain extent, so that in the end, everyone’s
freedom is protected by the law.” Popper meant a
social order in accordance with the ideas of Karl
At Atiwa, the security agencies could have
restricted freedom to a certain extent in order to
save lives. But did they? They sat on the fence
while Rome burnt.
When the youth of Atiwa, gingered up by the Bamba
Boys could no longer swallow the bitter pills,
they fought back because if you push a person
against the wall he will have no option but to
fight back in order to survive.
If we are to escape the danger of gradually
drifting into mob rule, it is very necessary to
apply the sanctions whenever necessary, instead of
leaving things to the temperament and discretion
of people like Sofo Azorka and his following.
Attention! Chest out, lower your protruding
stomach, IGP Paul Quaye!!! (Good morning, my very
dear DCOP Rose Atinga-Bio)
Source - Daily Guide
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