The Akufo-Addo excuse and rationalisation industry is going to eventually force some of us to apologise to former President Mahama if the denizens of that industry, the holdouts, dug-in Nppists, continue in their current manner. The products of this industry are already forcing some of us to question the patriotism and sincerity of those who became overnight liberals in 2016, mouthing what seemed like primordially neutral commitments to accountable governance but which in hindsight were nothing more than commitment to enlightened political and ethnic self interest.
Many of the ‘same’ things that we vehemently condemned under Mahama and appropriately blamed on his stewardship or lack of thereof are today either being rationalized or blamed on other entities. If you listen to the dwindling tribe of Akufo loyalists, the dumsor in the country today is not Akufo Addo’s failure, it is Mahama’s.
Exorbitant pricing of petroleum products are not Akufo-Addo’s fault but that of Mahama. The insecurity defined by an exponential increase in both kidnapping and killings is blamed on the past administration and our security agencies not on Akufo-Addo who appoints the heads of our security agencies and as commander in chief, sets the agenda for them.
The economy has been mismanaged into a hellish hodgepodge of mass layoffs, rising unemployment, widespread hardship, falling standard of living, high cost of living and a decimated middle class. The Akufo-Addo loyalists and government propagandists say, however, that Akufo-Addo is not be blame but Mahama who handed to him an economy projected to grow by 8 percent by the world bank in 2016. In a narrative that inverts the order of logic, they even argue that the Economic hardship under Akufo Addo is a sign that his policies are working. They have given a new spin to the familiar pain before gain adage, they have redefined the semiotic properties of chaos theory in social science.
President Akufo-Addo and his Vice Dr Bawumia should crawl on their knees apologising to Ghanaians for plundering the nation’s economy. Their administration is fraught with broken promises, massive corruption and shattered dreams. Massive oil earnings under President Akufo-Addo is not benefiting Ghanaians. What the Vice President said at the town ball meeting, a cross section of Ghanaians have exploded in anger, saying that over 75 percent of the populace are still living in abject poverty. The economy is crashed with their lethargic, lackadaisical and absence approach to governance. Happenings in the country and attitude of government show that there is no hope for economic renaissance with this government. It must be noted that we have been borrowing massively to paper over the Economic cancer that has festered under this government due to incompetence and corruption.
I just watched Vice President Dr Bawumia’s Town ball speech the second time and I am stunned at the level of lies contained in just one speech. The Akufo-Addo government misled and have been misleading the media and the public by stating outright lies, half truths and fabrications in their campaign messages and claims about governance, individuals and the NDC.
Ghanaians are witnesses to several false performances claims by the Akufo Addo government including phony political cumming economic recovery and infrastructure development claims, one district on factory, dams, which they project to be factual, even when the reality points to the contrary.
The Akufo-Addo government should be remorseful and realise that their of fake news and fake economic figures (numbers) has devastated our economic, political and social development by triggering fear, public panic and uncertainty, disrupting production, distribution and marketing chains and weakening foreign and local investors confidence in our system.
Vice President Bawumia must end his lectures and apologise to Ghanaians for his government’s shameless enterprise of beguiling the unsuspecting public with impunity. Many will not understand why I dealing with my party in this harsh manner. To understand why I have chosen this approach, read over the first paragraph of this article. The ostrich phenomenon will not help the Npp in the medium to long-term. If we allow the nastiness to go on unchecked, the great party will collapse. It is becoming difficult to defend the party on public platforms because of massive corruption, procurement issues, nepotism, arrogance and reckless pronouncements by top officials of the party. A fact check on some of Dr Bawumia’s assertions showed they were mostly wrong. Not only was the Vice President off the mark with his economic figures, he was also some way off with his claim that government did not inject close to $800,000 into the system to save the crawling cedi.
As a leader continues to advance in position and responsibility, it becomes even more important to demonstrate sincerity. That was what Mahama did and lacking this this time. Ghanaians ignorantly punished Mahama for his sincerity and openness. Leadership is not about us. There are a lot of temptations out there , temptations to pretend we are more knowledgeable, more competent, more experienced even more wealthier than we really are. Ghanaians are seriously disappointed in us (Npp) because of that perception out there that we have the men and the assurance we gave them prior to the 2016 election.
Mahama is enjoying massive support and sympathy because of our abysmal performance in government, the mind boggling scandals, insecurity, nepotism, over borrowing and general hardship in the country.