Sir John’s statement that human beings are the most fearful apart from ghosts reminds me of some chilling ghost stories; and I’m going to tell you one.
There is this young man who adopted a trick to have free transportation anytime he was cash stripped. He keeps some cotton wool and a pair of white gloves in his bag, picks a “dropping” and makes himself comfortable at the back seat of the taxi. In the course of the journey, he secretly puts on his pair of white gloves, and inserts two pieces of cotton wool in his nostrils. As the taxi approaches a cemetery which is not too far from where he lives, he will tap the shoulder of the taxi driver, and speak through his nose: “Driver, please I’ll alight here!” The taxi driver thinking he is a ghost will allow him to alight and flee with his car without taking the transport fare. This went on for sometime till the young man met a taxi driver who was a real ghost, and your guess could be as good as mine.
Since then, the young man learned his lessons, and never attempted to cheat taxi drivers, but the ghost taxi driver would not allow him to have his peace. He decided to revenge on behalf of the cheated taxi drivers and also show him that ghosts have two balls, kikikikiki, big ones of course.
One day, the young man struck a business deal which fetched him a huge sum of money. It was late in the night when he finished the business transaction, and boarded a taxi with a friend, with the intention of depositing the money at the bank the following morning. As the young man was narrating to his friend with regard to what happened to him when he met a ghost taxi driver, the driver of the taxi in which they were traveling, stopped the car, and with cotton wool in his nostrils, looked back and asked, “Likadish?” (Like this?).
The two friends tore the doors of the car open and bolted, leaving behind the money. The ghost driver was killed in a car accident and had many of his teeth removed which made him spoke in a funny way, so that was how come he pronounced “like this?” as “likadish?”
Not too long ago, Nana Akufo-Addo, the NPP presidential candidate for this year’s election was seen in a picture sipping Kalypo, a non-alcoholic sugary beverage in his car. The picture has gone viral on social media, and created some sort of furor.
There have been questions from some quarters why a 72-year old man would want to drink a type of beverage mostly drank by children; but that is not my headache. My worry has to do with the content of the beverage and its health implications.
An average pack of a sugar-sweetened soft drink provides about 150 calories of high-fructose which is equivalent to 10 teaspoons of table sugar. Drinking this type of beverage can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a disease where the body cannot properly regulate blood sugar; and this can cause blindness, impotence, lower limp amputation, heart attack and even death. One other disease associated with sugar drinks is gout, a form of arthritis that causes sudden, severe pain in the joints.
For Nana Akufo-Addo to take a high sugary beverage means three things: 1. he has bad handlers who failed to advise him on what to drink. 2. He is autocratic and stubborn, and no one can stop him from doing what he wants to do. 3. He is reckless and doesn’t mind the health implications of drinking beverages with high level of sugar; and seems to be going by his favourite mantra that after all, all-die-be-die.
Whichever way you look at these points, such a person does not deserve to occupy the highest office of the land. He could ruin the fortunes of our dear nation and send us decades backwards.
Furthermore, the picture of the presidential aspirant sipping Kalypo is a close shot, and must have been taken by one of his aides. If what I’m deliberating is the case, then I think the NPP presidential candidate is in serious trouble because the demand for absolute loyalty in politics is critical. No president would think of going into office without trusted advisers and aides. And so, for handlers and aides of Nana Akufo-Addo to secretly take a picture of him and leak it means he is stark naked and can never succeed if given the opportunity to become president. This calls for deep reflection as we go to the polls in a couple of months.