Thursday, October 9, 2008


I was utterly convinced with the wise sayings of Socrates who contended that “Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death”. Many are the political friends of the late Hon Kwadwo Baah Wiredu , Minister of Finance, who did not understood the philosophy of this man as he serve his nation with total honesty and humility.

A member of parliament he was and rightly deserved in all terms to be called Honorable. I was astounded by praises from the various political parties in the country expressing the shock and sorrow for the Ex-Minister of Finance who passed away to join his ancestors far away in a strange land yes Mandela’s South Africa.
Yes, even the leading opposition party in Ghana, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) whose sees nothing good about the NPP lead administration never missed words describing the late Kwadwo Baah Wiredu as a man of Integrity.

It is believe by some section of society that most ministers serving under the Kufour government have amassed huge wealth for themselves both at home and overseas and should any misfortune happens to them they would not be shown any compassion or empathy. But in the case of Kwadwo Baah Wiredu, because of his philosophy that one must serve his nation whole heartedly without taken undue opportunity of the system he served under to steal and loot state coffers. He was hale as a hero and an outstanding statesman by a cross section of Ghanaians and foreigners for his exemplary role he played in government when he was alive.

This is the man I have met personally and interacted with on several occasion, this is the man who really stand tall among his contemporaries, and this is the man who believe in the fundamental rights of every human being.
“We are in fact convinced that if we are ever to have pure knowledge of anything, we must get rid of the body and contemplate things by themselves with the soul by itself. It seems, to judge from the argument, that the wisdom which we desire and upon which we profess to have set our hearts will be attainable only when we are dead and not in our lifetime”… Socrates.

I strongly believe the late Kwadwo Baah Wiredu have had chance of reading this wise saying of Socrates when he was alive and that might have convinced and influenced him to live a selfless life which will forever be a legacy worth emulating by all sons and daughters of our great country, Ghana.

It is my hope that some day, in Jehovah’s promised new world, Kwadwo would be raised back to life again under a new government where death, sickness and pain will be no more.
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