Principles, in an ideal world, should not change irrespective of time and circumstances. In effect, the passage of time should not affect one's principles. This, in many ways, is seen in so many people. Good leaders have made this trait their allies.
John Mahama appears to be the odd one out when it comes to holding on to one's principles. To him, depending upon the situation, he either embraces it or scornfully rejects it.
Coming down to the invitation the Police CID sent to Elder Ofosu-Ampofo in relation to the allegations that he is the kingpin behind the numerous kidnappings and arsons going on in certain part of the country, the former President has described the move by the CID as useless and something that defies logic.
In his estimation, the police is flogging a dead horse since the issues contained in the leaked tape of Ofosu-Ampofo are matters without merit. He is, therefore, asking the government to stop flagellating a stone when it has no animalistic or human feelings to sense pain.
Combing through the archives in an attempt to discover if there has been a precedent in the past, I chanced upon something former President John Mahama said.
The then Vice President of the Republic, in 2012, condemned what he described as inflammatory and ethnocentric comments made by Hon. Ken OheneAgyapong in which he was accused of declaring war in the country.
Hon. Ken Agyapong had been arraigned before an Accra High Court over the so-called genocidal and treasonable comments.
Commenting on the issue, former President John AgyekumKufuor appealed that the then administration was making a big issue out of an otherwise harmless matter and said that a sledge hammer should not be employed to kill a fly.
John Mahama, reacting to the former President's comments, disdainfully parried what President Kufuor had said with a rendition that sent shockwaves down the spines of many Ghanaians. Mahama said that they (NDC) would even use a bulldozer to kill the ant whose intention was to foment trouble.
What Hon. Ken Agyapong said had no relationship, in terms of stature, with what Ofosu-Ampofo and his people met to plot against the state. It is interesting that despite its nontoxic and comestible nature, then Vice President Mahama urged Ghanaians to rise up and condemn Ken Agyapong apart from the fact that he was standing trial.
This same Mahama cannot condemn what Ofosu-Ampofo said, he is rather condemning the CID for taking steps to hold the laws of the land supreme. Mahama is a legend in hypocrisy! Ofosu-Ampofo is more than fomenting trouble and must face the full rigors of the law and absolutely nothing can thwart this move.