He calls himself a dropout but remains a veritable resource for many lecturers and professors in politics and journalism.
He is a fountain of knowledge of Ghana’s history and for three decades and more he has dominated the political scene from the dungeons of military guardrooms to the frontline of radio and TV discussions.
He is hated and loved with equal measure but his fearlessness even in the face of the most brutal era of the culture of silence is unmatched.
For a man who religiously quotes documents and cites sources, many have prayed, begged, appealed, queried Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr to write a book about his experiences in Ghana’s political landscape.
When many thought about giving up on him, the man has given the biggest indication yet, that the book, document, yearned for will be out sooner than later.
On February 5, 2018, Malik Baako, Bombay, as he is affectionately called, wrote a piece, a small bit about his life in the dungeons and gave a hint of what people are to expect.
Take a read! What title would you give his book? “My life, Kweku Baako” Edwin Appiah suggests. You too suggest yours.
Exactly 36 years ago today, I was arrested for being part of a plot to reverse the unconstitutional and treasonable disruption of the 4-year mandate of the Limann Administration.
24 hours earlier, Kwasi Agbley, Stanley Armattoe, Nat Ayivor and Yaw Adu Larbi, all members of the Leadership of the Movement On National Affairs(MONAS) had been arrested and incarcerated in various military guardrooms at Burma Camp. Also arrested same day (February 4, 1982) were Freddie Blay and Kabral Blay-Amihere. They were suspected as close associates of MONAS.
I was sent to the Signals Guardroom, and subsequently re-located to the Field Engineers Regiment Guardroom where I experienced “fire and brimstone”. After 50 days in the various military guardrooms at Burma Camp, we were all transferred to various prisons across the country for periods ranging between 12 months and 24 months. Kwesi Agbley and I were the last to be released!
Thankfully, the Almighty and Merciful Allah protected us and kept us alive. Some others were not so lucky. They died fighting to restore constitutional normalcy. 36 years down the line, some of us are still alive and active in the political and democratic evolution of our dear country.
The story, the FULL STORY, SHALL soon be told and publicly recorded for the benefit of today’s generation and posterity. 36 years ago today. I REMEMBER!!