It is common these days where two or more people are gathered to hear the phrase ‘all politicians are the same’. They only fall short of saying Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have failed.
The verdict on the current government is out, and it is earlier than expected, considering the goodwill, they had in the run-up to the 2016 elections.
2016 election, was one of the elections that foretold its results, even before the first ballot was cast. Events since the inauguration of the president, are capable of making the people lose hope in politicians; they are a confirmation a typical Ghanaian politician, can sell his mother, if that will boost his chances of winning election.
American actress, producer and entrepreneur, Texas Guinan, probably had the New Patriotic Party in mind when she asserted that “a politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.”
The NPP, came to power on the mantra of change, the previous administration, especially ex-president, John Dramani Mahama, was described as incompetent.
Candidate Akufo-Addo, stated on various platforms and forums and call he reiterated after the election, “I’ve said it and I’ll repeat it again, those who are coming into this administration thinking that there’s an avenue for making a lot of money are going to be disappointed”, Nana Akufo-Addo noted.
“They better go to the private sector; that is where people make money, not in government…” he added.
Less than two years in his administration and the incidence of corruption, is worse than, what had transpired under his predecessors.
They promised us and to quote the words of Vice-president, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia that “the exchange rate, will expose you, if the economic fundamentals are weak”.
Today, in sharp contrast to all the promises and accolade of we have the men, the dollar, has take a comfortable lead against the cedi, trading for more than GH¢5 to a dollar.
When crude prices were going up on the world market and we had no control over the pricing, the NPP in opposition described the then government, as being insensitive.
The question the reason for the increases and promised to reverse the upward review, when voted into power.
They blamed the National Democratic Congress (NDC), for the high rate of unemployment, they said the government was not thinking outside the box to create employment and assured Ghanaians that, the problems of unemployment, will be a thing of the past.
Another farce, which has come back to haunt them, was when they accused the former administration of reckless borrowing. In the words of the Vice-president, he was once an employee of the Central bank, so the money is here.
They promised us, they will never borrow, but what do we see, their almost two years administration, has borrowed more than the four years of the previous administration, what is worse is that, there is nothing to show for it.
The NPP, made Ghanaians believe they have the magic wand to turn their fortunes around, they made promises, thinking they have a lifetime and resources to run the affairs of the nation.
So yes, Ghanaians and especially the youth have the right to be angry, but it is not fair to generalize that, all politicians are the same.
In life, sometimes it is good to lose something or someone in order to value what you had. The NDC, was truthful with Ghanaians, they told them that, Rome was not built in a day and that they were laying the foundation for a smooth take-off.
Unfortunately, every mistake Ghanaians make in an election, they have to wait for four years to remedy it.
We were told the driver was drunk, he was driving all of us into a ditch, so we needed a new driver, the new driver, has been worse than the old one.
They is wisdom in the saying that, the devil you know, is better than the angel you don’t know. The NDC was the devil that promised to chew the meat of Ghanaians, but leave some, the NPP, with the tiger teeth and claws, are eating everything in their sight.
Even the die-hard supporters of the NPP, know things are hard in this country. Food is getting more expensive, taxes are collapsing businesses, banks are collapsing, because there is no money in the system, people are losing their jobs and the general economic well-being of the Ghanaians is getting worse by the day.
The only way out of this predicament is, if the less unfortunate will learn to vote wisely , we won’t find ourselves in this predicament. The well to do, can thrive in any situation. In fact for the rich, often in they make their money in difficult situations, so for them, whether good or bad, they have nothing to lose.