A Lawyer's Birthday Gift of Atonement
My most memorable birthday was marked with a hot beating from my dad for fighting with my elder sister which also coincided with the onset of my menstrual cycle about some twenty-three years ago. Wonder why I didn't receive a parcel but beating?
What will remain the most memorable birthday in the life of Lawyer Ayikwei Otoo, a member of the legal team of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Election Petition case at the Supreme Court of Ghana will be what was enacted today when he prayed the Presiding Judge to offer as a gift, his birthday as an atonement for the 'sins' of Lawyer Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, a.k.a Sir John, the General Secretary of the NPP and Hopeson Adorye, a member of the NPP Communication team who had been summoned by the Supreme Court for their contemptuous utterances on some local radio stations in Accra and Obuasi.
What happened today looked more like the risen Christ standing before the Father (God) and pleading on behalf of a repented soul not to be condemned to eternal damnation. Like the repented sinner, Sir John stood speechless with his hands behind him whiles his lawyer recounted his 'folly' amidst pleas of mercy. I wonder Sir John and Hopeson's fate if they didn't have a lawyer.
For those of us who believe in the 2nd coming of Christ and the subsequent judgement day, how sad and pathetic it will be when you appear before the judgement seat without the lawyer (Jesus Christ) to plead your case.
The greatest birthday gift that can set you free from the wrath of the judge is the gift of salvation.