Thumps Up For Kweku Baako Jnr.

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buy viagra online cheap canada I HAVE over the years watched Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr, a Ghanaian journalist and the editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper (1999 to present) with admiration.

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I believe Mr. Kufuor had not done much for Kwesi Pratt and Ben Ephson in terms of recognizing their efforts in this regard. The three journalists (Ben Ephson, Kwesi Pratt and Kweku Baako) deserved ministerial appointments in the seeming all inclusive government of Kufuor regime, for the sacrifices they made.

The only query for Kwesi Pratt is that he was an anti Ashanti, even though he had a bit of his upbringing at Bantama in Kumasi and should have exhibited an Ashanti spirit. Pratt has, however, since denied the allegation that he is anti Ashanti at a CPP National delegate’s conference at the KNUST Great Hall in Kumasi.

Mr. Pratt has praised me for my contribution to democracy, when together with Professor Hagan, then CPP Presidential candidate and Mike Eghan, he came to my office in London at a time the CPP organized a fundraising in London. I offered 4,000 pounds sterling to Prof. Hagan and 500 pounds to Pratt for his personal shopping and for his immense contribution to democracy.

After his last arrest, he visited London, during which I organized a forum at Manor House N4 Hall, attended by people of all political shades, for him as Guest Speaker to brief the GDM and the Ghanaian Community on arbitrarily arrests under the Rawlings regime in Ghana. This forum was organized at the cost of 600 pounds.

Kweku Baako, who I prefer to nick name ‘Johnny Walker’ born in 1820 (laughter); for being still strong, is exceptionally good and still fighting for the growth of democracy, just like me.

Kweku Baako Jnr. is a fine journalist and has exhibited consistency in his way of thinking over the years. He is a realist, pragmatist and candid. A born CPP, the 1999 Journalist of the Year is better known for his contribution as a social commentator on radio and TV, having polled as the 69th most influential Ghanaian in 2011 by ETV.

I prefer to put Kweku Baako in the category of David Frost, formerly of BBC and now a consultant to Aljazeera, and Brown Walden also of BBC. Though the two (Frost and Walden) are both purely Conservatives, they made their mark in journalism by not favouring the government in power, just like Kweku Baako.

I am aware that Kweku Baako rejected an offer from the late President Mills to use his newspaper to back the NDC government, but he reportedly told the late President at his Coffee Shop in Accra that he (Baako) would only support the government if it did the right thing in governance.

Kweku Baako speaks fondly of the CPP, but he is a known sympathizer of the NPP, even though he says his current posture (support for NPP) is not permanent, as he does not speak for the NPP on every issue. He also claims he will never be in bed with the government of the day.

“In principle, I have been offering critical support to the NPP administration since 2001, because we (some NPP officials and myself) have been in the trenches to reject PNDC for 11 good years. We have fought this battle which has created a bond between us. I am not ashamed of this!” he said in 2008.

It is time members of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) back up and compliment the stand of Kweku Baako to continue with the fight for good governance and growth of democracy in Ghana. The time for solidarity by journalists for the government should be over with the demise of President Atta Mills.

Being the most powerful and influential journalists (Ephson, Pratt and Baako) in the country, I am convinced that these journalists are not happy with the current situation prevailing in the country, so their influence in that regard should be felt and to carry on the fight to its logical conclusion.

I recommend for the consideration of local universities to confer honorary doctorate degree on Kweku Baako for the yeoman’s job done so far in journalism for Ghana. He passes for a lecturer or professor in governance and deserves this honour and recognition. If this is asking for too much from the local universities, then I would not hesitate to lobby for a Commonwealth Award for him.

I, therefore, want to instruct that he gets his curriculum vitae (CV) ready for me to initiate this move and lobby for his award by the Commonwealth Secretariat. Well done, Kweku Baako Jnr. for adding to the beauty of democracy, which was restored in Ghana at great cost and at the peril of my life.

I salute you for having Ghana at heart. Ethiopia shall rise one day. Fight the good fight and your reward would await you.

It is time Kwesi Pratt and Ben Ephson also wake up from their slumber for the growth of our democracy in Ghana.

God bless Kweku Baako

God bless Ben Ephson and Kwesi Pratt

God bless GDM and Ashanti Community in UK.

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