By Godfried K. Arhin-Kumi
(Advocate against cheating and of peaceful co-existence)
This is the second and last installment of the write-up headlined above and which appeared in this column on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.
The former President, John Dramani Mahama, was in the saddle of governance for well over four years. Ghana, by then, was plagued with numerous challenges such as a high rate of corruption, unemployment among the youth, including even graduates from the country’s universities, destruction of water bodies and forests by illegal miners dubbed “Galamseyers”, and inability of many children accessing secondary education due to high cost of school fees, etc.
Johnny was aware of all these, but chose to strictly go by the status quo at a snail’s pace in tackling them. He obviously forgot that the hands of the clock move without waiting for somebody to dress up for any occasion.
Ghanaians had enough of such a go-slow mode of governance and reacted appropriately during the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections.
A new leader, answering to the name of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was chosen by the now politically-discernible Ghanaians. But, Johnny says his mission was not completed, and so, Ghanaians should give him another chance, especially, as he thinks President Akufo-Addo is messing up the economy.
Periscope respectfully invites Johnny to help in analysing the following philosophical observation: “Days that are past are gone forever, and those that are to come may not come to you. Therefore, employ the present profitably without regretting what is lost. This instant is not yours; the rest still belongs to futurity and you do not know what it will bring forth,” -A philosopher.
Johnny’s era in politics is past, not to come again. But he does not accept this fact and hopes to recapture power. Does he know what the future holds for him in politics in the face of what President Akufo-Addo is doing to develop the country? Does he think he is capable of increasing his voters’ percentage of 44.40%?
He fell by the wayside during the 2016 elections, but he still has this instant at his disposal and should utilise it profitably, leaving the future to take care of itself.
Many well-meaning personalities, including a high profile NDC personality, Mr. Victor Gbeho, as well as Ambassador Osei, have advised him not to contest the Presidency, but he remains adamant, obviously being pushed on by sycophants in search of instant riches.
He appears to have hope in violence to win power in order to set back the clock of progress put in place by the current administration. He thinks his party – the National Democratic Congress (NDC) – is an offshoot of two violent revolutions – June 4, 1979 Uprising and December 31, 1981 coup d’état – and, thus, followers of the party are neck deep in violence and adequately capable of “matching New Patriotic Party (NPP) boot for boot” in the 2020 elections.
Johnny should realise that all revolutions are not tea parties – they are naturally violent. But, when all is over and a political party comes out of it, it does not make sense for its followers to make violence a major agenda.
In politics, I am neutral, but I have some sort of sentimental attachment to the NDC, and so, I wish it well, hence my concern about how Johnny is gradually, but steadily, destroying the party.
During the 1979 Revolution, due to its appealing agenda of Probity and Accountability, it drew a large number of following, including students, of whom I was one. I was then a student journalist at the Ghana Institute of Journalism in Accra.
Today, the party is a pale shadow of itself due to the fact that a new breed of followers has jettisoned its rich agenda of Probity and Accountability in favour of an agenda of “Create, Loot and Share”. Despite this, I still wish it well, as I do with other political groupings.
Periscope seriously thinks that, time is not on the side of the sons and daughters of this transitory life, with death perpetually hanging over our heads like the Sword of Damocles. What we have to do, either personally or nationally, must not be deferred.
One of my favourite biblical chapters is Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 “There is time for everything under the sun…” Johnny’s political era is past and gone forever. We appreciate his efforts, for as the saying goes, “man came to do some, but not all.”
I hope Alexander Pope’s quote thus: “Honour and shame from no condition rise; act well your part, there all your honour lies,” will serve Johnny well at this point in time.
A new leader is at the steering wheel of governance trying to fast track his programmes, very much aware of the fact that “TIME AND TIDE WAIT FOR NO MAN.”