Happy Belated Birthday Mr. President

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Happy belated birthday Mr. President, and what a better way to say thank you God for giving you three two scores and ten plus five (55) than to be a leader of one of the greatest nations on earth, despite our challenges.

I have waited patiently and can now say that the moment is ripe to share some critical concerns about the state of the nation. Please listen very carefully to what I am about to say. To paraphrase a wise dictum, those who fail to heed the lessons of history are bound to repeat its mistakes. As you probably are aware, this nation of ours has been drifting aimlessly – others will consider it stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Are you the kind of leader, Ghanaians need and deserve at this critical moment of our lives?

But before I delve any further, I would like to ask and attempt to answer the question of who a leader is. A leader is someone who guides others towards a common goal, showing the way by example and creating an environment in which other team members feel actively involved in the entire process.

Other attributes include, a good listener, focused, organized, available, decisive and confident, among others.

A leader should not do all the work but should include others, and he must work with his team and learn how to delegate responsibilities while being mindful of everyone’s interests, goals and strengths.

I decided to emphasize on the latter attribute because I feel you have not done well on that. The disaffection and the apparent problems in the party and in Government is partly because some people feel they are left out, notable among them is the founder, President Jerry John Rawlings and the teeming supporters who are now known in political terms as foot soldiers.

It is always a healthy development to have dissenting views in an organization; you get to know what people think of a decision you take or a direction you are going. This will be based on convictions and principles.

But if you are a leader and your most trusted allies or henchmen agree with you all the time to the extent that they will hang everybody who attempt to question your decisions or think differently, then you are in serious trouble. The day that the rug would be pulled off your feet, it will be difficult to get up again.

History is replete with such numerous examples. It is sad to recall what happened to your political mentor, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who when he needed those he believed he could trust most, they almost to a man deserted him or turned against him. His Foreign Minister deserted him in Addis Ababa at the
Foreign Ministers conference in February 1966. His Minister of Defence and political protégé for 18 years, Kofi Baako, at a press conference after the coup, turned against him declaring, “It pained me to realize that Nkrumah was not a genuine leader but a fraud of the highest order”.

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has equally had his share of betrayal. He has been vilified and called names by his trusted allies. This includes, Obed Asamoah , Goozie Tanoh, Kojo Tsikata, Ato Ahwoi, etc. have also fallen out with Rawlings.

I think, maybe you started on a wrong footing when you decided to sidelined some old guards, who have been with the party since its formation. It is good to have a succession plan, so that it is followed to the satisfaction of everybody, it is not too late to right that wrong. You and the country need their experience and expertise as we seek to move this country forward.

My next point is the raging controversy surrounding the sale of Merchant Bank to Fortiz. In principle, I am all for empowering Ghanaians to take the commanding height of the economy, when it comes to businesses in Ghana, but have all the I’s being dotted and all the T’s crossed as far as the transaction is concerned.

I am worried Mr. President that what is unfolding before all of us at the Judgement Debt Commission as far as the sale of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Drill Ship, Discoverer 511, is set to be repeated in the future as far as the Merchant bank deal is concerned. You need to do everything possible to ensure that the transaction is above board.

We are a country that takes a step forward and two steps backwards. It is becoming clear that we do not learn from our past and so consistently repeat the mistakes that have retarded our growth and development.

You are in a unique position, Mr. President to write a lasting history as the President under whose tenure corruption became a thing of the past. It is refreshing that incidence and reports of corruption are no longer swept under the carpet, and that what we are hearing and reading is not to scare us, but rather to assure us that you will be that leader that we need, who will not only pay lip service to the fight against corruption, but that you will walk your talk.

I could not say I agree with all the decisions your Government have taken since you took the Oath of office. Any political party or Government that fails to recognize is Constituents and satisfy them or at least meet them half way is doomed to failure. The grass root of the party are not happy; they need some reassurance from you that they matter in the scheme of things.

This has been manifested in the rejection of District Chief Executives (DCEs) that you have nominated. They are the bedrock of the party and their voices must be heard. 2016 elections is going to be a tough one, the party is perceived to have done eight years, a united party is what will win that elections, not this fragment and disenchantment that is currently going on.

I pray God gives you the patience to accept things you cannot change, the courage to change the ones you can and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen!!.

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