Wikileaks continue to spill online and spill the beans, this time on Nana Akufo-Addo, a presidential candidate and “flag bearer” of the opposition New Patriotic Party. Turns out he likes to smoke weed for breakfast.
From the lenses of Wikileaks and from the lips of very close associates, some of whom have known Nana Akufo-Addo, the flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for decades, came the bombshell – the NPP Presidential candidate appears to have substituted the smoking of marijuana for his early morning breakfast.
According ‘Comrade’ Kwesi Pratt, Jnr., the respected publisher and editor of the ‘Insight’ newspaper, Nana Akufo-Addo did not just smoke a lot of the illegal herb, but smoke early in the morning to get high always.
According to the latest leaks of diplomatic cables from the US Embassy in Accra, when questioned about persistent rumors of Akufo-Addo’s alleged cocaine habit, Mr. Pratt who was very fair to the NPP candidate admitted that he had personal knowledge of the candidate’s drug use, but that it was not cocaine.
“Nana used to smoke a lot of marijuana,” Pratt said, “and I’m telling you, a lot. Even in the morning, there used to be a cloud around him and you could see that he was high. But I never saw him do cocaine, and I think that is just an assumption people made.”
In another development, Dr. Kwesi Aning, another very respected security analyst who is head of Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre, is quoted to have admitted that Akufo-Addo had used drugs in his younger days, but that was now “under control.”
He added cryptically that “you can check with German intelligence on that.”
Of course, just because it’s written in a Wikileak, doesn’t mean it’s true. That hasn’t stopped members of other political parities in Ghana from demanding Akufo-Addo’s take a drug test or resign.
I don’t have a heck of a lot of sympathy for Akufo-Addo, who was the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice from 2001 to 2003 under former President John Kufuor. Marijuana is illegal in Ghana, as is homosexuality. Laws like that could drive a man to smoke first thing in the morning.