The same rains on the same day as army captain, Maxwell Adam Mahama, was cobbled with cudgels and cement blocks until he died.
Late Wednesday morning in Accra at the Airport Hills Roundabout, a bronze-hued statue of a smart-looking captain, standing at ease, a pistol slouched to his right – inside his trouser made of rocks.
Slightly postured in a way that suggests, he was ready to rip it out against a violent target. But this is a statue. In reality, he was none of this. How can he be when those around him were his fellow Ghanaians?.
What he rather did was to beg his attackers to desist from lynching him and this sad plea is captured in the statue with his left hand held out, five fingers stuck out saying, quitely commandingly – stop.
Soldiers flanked by the roadside to catch a view of the statue. His dear wife and family arrived at the unveiling ceremony which was attended by the Defence minister Dominic Nitiwul and Interior minister, Ambrose Dery.
Government erected the statue at an undisclosed fee. Under the statue, the name of the President, Nana Akufo-Addo and under his name, a brief bio of the stunningly brief career of a high-flying soldier.
One of Mahama’s children hangs around the family. He held onto the legs of a relative who also patted him closer in a mutual sense of protection.
He looked unovercomed by the emotions of the day, childhood shielding him from the pain that older people have no protection from.
His wife laid a wreath as did government and prayers were said over the statue, over the family, over the government and against mob justice.