By Abdul Razak Bawa
This country in the last five years, has been ripped apart, the unconscionable nature of state capture, is like never being experience in any democracy, not even ones with quasi dictators.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, campaigned on a promise of change, throughout his journey to the presidency from 2008 until 2016, when he won the election, he has promised to protect the public purse.
In fact, in one of his outings, which was repeated when he took the oath of office, he told members of the New Patriotic Party that, anyone who wants to make money, should not join his government, but rather go into the private sector.
Nearly five years in his administration and corruption has become a byword, it is what Ghanaians are fed every day, it is no wonder the economy, which was buoyant when he took office, as suffered and is suffering with no end in sight.
Since 2000, when power shifted from one political party to another, few people, who have served in previous administrations, have been arraigned before court, most especially on financial impropriety. Of the number, those who ended up serving time have been achieved through highhandedness and through the manipulation of the judicial system.
The reason is simple, we arraigned the wrong people before court and leave the culprits to go and enjoy the loot.
The second and most critical reason is, the hurriedly nature with which accused persons are charged, without so much as, carrying out a thorough investigation, devoid of political bias and hatred, has led to them walking free and lastly, on the basis of technicalities.
The most busiest and perhaps looked out person in the next National Democratic Congress government, will be the Attorney General and Minister of Justice. So much wrong has been done to this country, by so many people in the current administration that, eight years, will not be enough to get justice for the good people of Ghana.
Every facet of the economy, has been ripped open and the plunder is going on, without the fear of the Lord. For the first time in the life of this nation, we are witnessing competition in corruption. The Akufo-Addo, government has proved beyond reasonable doubt that it is a government against the people. This is quite pellucid in the number of corruption cases that we read about in the newspapers , as well as listen on the radio.
A government like Akufo-Addo’s, which has declared an open war against its own people, has no legitimate right to exist.
The administration has established beyond reasonable doubt that it has not the slightest clue on how to resolve Ghana’s problems, except to compound them and then resort to unrestrained taxation on a people already milked to a state of nothingness.
A sane government would have been busy trying to alleviate the sky-high prices in foodstuffs and other related matters, but not Akufo-Addo’s government. It is not just enough for Ghanaians to suffer, they all must die. That is the position of this government.
The task ahead for the next NDC government is a daunting one. It will have no luxury of pussy-footing, the problems are so enormous, the country needs sixteen years to set our course right again.
Any single individual, regardless of tribe, or religion, who under this administration, has stolen or misappropriated Ghana’s money, does not deserve rest, as they say, they is no rest for the wicked.
Any village deprived of good hospital, safe and hygienic drinking water, good school, as a result of someone’s long hand to take what does not belong to him or her, will not forgive the next NDC government, if such persons are not made to also feel, what they have put the people through.
President Akufo-Addo’s anti-corruption profile has faded long ago. The bogeyman mystique that constitutes the essence of his public persona is increasingly being revealed as an absent and abstract construct. Surprisingly, it is the masquerade himself who has been demystifying the man behind the mask
Nearly six years after being sworn into office, the news cycle is furnishing cause for fears that corruption is killing the presidency of the presumed corruption slayer.
His minimalist response to the scandals, since 2017, all but testifies that that he has enough hypocrisy in him to nurse in his inner circle the corruption plague he affects to be invested in eradicating from the body politic.
The litmus test of the sincerity of Akufo-Addo’s war on corruption’ is supposed to be the extent to which his response to reports of graft in his inner circle matches with his administration’s standard reaction to similar scandals in the body politic. Unfortunately, he has all but turned a blind eye, while the plunder continues unabated.
The day of reckoning is fast approaching and Ghanaians expect nothing less from the next NDC government.
Let it be said that, what happened under president John Evans Atta Mills of blessed memory, should not repeat itself. Former president Jerry John Rawlings, had cause to complain about how ‘classmates’ shielded their own, as well as friends. It is the inability of the Atta Mills’ government to go after corrupt officials of the John Agyekum Kufuor regime that has embolden the current crop of politicians.
Akufo-Addo, who was begging to be tried and that he will not disappoint Ghanaians has soon forgotten that he is ruling over Farmers, Drivers, Council of Imams, Prophets, Herbalists, Market women among others. If all these people are complaining as well, then something urgent should be done to appease them.
Ghanaians will not forgive the NDC, if it comes to power and continues as business as usual, they have suffered under Akufo-Addo and his people and nothing short of seeing them suffer too will appease them.
The next Attorney General and Minister of Justice, should not disappoint, because the eyes of the country is on him.