I am now more than convinced that the only thing we are good at in this country is “Talking”. If you doubt me, just turn on your radio set, and tune in from one station to another and listen to presenters, their panelists or guests and when their listeners call in, and you will agree with me that if talking is what makes any nation great, Ghana would certainly be heaven on earth.
Since the start of the Election Petition hearing at the Supreme Court, one question always agitate my mind and begs for asking and that is, do we have animals or human beings in Ghana?
Why have we decided to equate ourselves to animals? What is so strange or special that a verdict from litigation in the Supreme Court will plunge this country into chaos?
Perhaps, I am oblivious of the history and heritage of this country, so will someone please help me, since when did we pick arms to fight in this country because of the outcome of an election petition?
What are these calls about peace that keeps echoing across the country on radio, Television and in the newspapers about? I simply don’t get it.
The Security Services are also parading their might in the streets as if the only thing they have been preparing for since their establishment is the outcome of the Supreme Court case. What is this exercises that is going on across the country intending to achieve.
The President John Dramani Mahama also met his Security Chiefs to brief him on their preparedness to avert any chaos. The question is, who has imported any ammunition to destabilize this nation?
After 21 years of multi-party democracy, if we cannot agree that only one person will be a President, then we better go back to the despotic days of Military rule.
What we are forgetting is that, by wasting precious and productive time, scaring each other, we are by extension, telling investors that we are sitting on a time bomb and that sooner or later, it will explode. Why we are doing this to ourselves, I simply cannot fathom.
There are prayers here and there as if to suggest that this is the first time, we are going through our first electoral process of electing a President.
We could have channeled these prayers to asking God to intervene and help us be able to meet the basic needs of the citizenry.
In any kind of contests or celebrations, there are always excesses. During Christmas or Easter celebrations people over jubilate and lose their lives, likewise when Muslims are observing their Eid celebrations, either Eid-ul-Adha or Eid-ul-Fitr people do die.
Besides this, we have had elections since 1992 when we ushered in the 1992 Constitution, people have died as a result of their candidate winning or losing.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings won both the 1992 and 1996 elections and I don’t think anybody would be able to tell me that, in the process of jubilation nobody died, or nobody died from the part of the vanquished, who were traumatized.
We moved on to the years 2000 and 2004, when former President John Agyekum Kufuor won both elections. People died, the country did not burst into flames. We jubilated and cried together and together we moved on to 2008, when our late President, John Evans Atta Mills contested on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and won.
Nobody in this country can say that in 2008, there was no tension in this country, we were on a ledge, but we came out unhurt and unscathed to continue building the Beacon of Hope, we have been to the rest of Africa. What is strange now?
The 2012 elections is no exception, the court process we are witnessing have occurred in other countries, who looked to us to improve their electoral process, we have to scale this hurdle, like it is business as usual, we are poking ourselves unnecessarily.
We are not for any moment, suggesting that the framers of our Constitution are so stupid to have anticipated that a candidate who is not satisfy with a conduct of an election has the right to go to court. There included it, because they know that today, we will be where we are.
The petitioners i.e. Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, the Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahmamudu Bawumia, his running mate and the Chairman of the party, Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey are only exercising their Constitutional rights.
The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) is showing a commercial on TV, where eminent leaders in the country, like John Agyekum Kufuor, the Chief Imam, Sheikh Nurudeen Sharabutu, etc, are pleading with Ghanaians to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court and let peace reign.
The question I ask myself again is that, what choice do we have?
We want to talk our way out of everything, for once, we should apply our senses. Haba.
We are not living in an animal kingdom or a jungle; we have laws in this country that is no respecter of person. Anybody who thinks, he is above the law, will only face the full rigours of the law.
Like Justice William Atuguba said, we do not have any special human beings in Ghana, we must all abide by the ruling that will be delivered on August 29.
What we are doing to ourselves and our leaders are not good. Our ability or inability to come out of this successfully largely depends on the legacies left behind by Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor.
For sixteen years, they both led this country, did we not praise them for maintaining peace and order. Are we now going to betray them?
Both President Mahama and Nana Addo have pledged to accept the outcome of the verdict¸ so what are we disturbing ourselves about.
We can do better than what we are currently doing. The talks are deafening my ears. We are not animals, we are human beings with full control of our faculties, let’s use it.
We cannot drive a car forward by looking at the rear view mirror.