GODFRIED K. ARHIN-KUMI
(Advocate against cheating and of peaceful co-existence)
If the ancient prophets had risen from their graves to announce that the current political predator – Vigilantism – in Ghana is going to be killed soon, I wouldn’t have believed them.
This is because some of our politicians have come to accept the fact that their survival in politics is hinged on the pressure of vigilantes in their political lives.
They think the vigilantes, usually muscular in build, can help them to win elections by either snatching ballot boxes and papers, or threatening voters in queues forcing them to flee, leaving only their members in queues to vote.
In all situations in the affairs of the sons and daughters of this world, I have come to realise that God cares. God is long-suffering and compassionate. Thus, He is very patient in His reactions to unfavourable situations, such as politicians encouraging violence in all its ramifications, and others making lives of their fellow human beings miserable, such as armed robbers, pick-pockets, confidence tricksters, etc.
God is aware of all such acts, but He gives the perpetrators enough time to repent. God is resourceful in punishment, and so at the appropriate time He reacts.
Yes, “God moves in mysterious ways…” He has realised that violence in politics is escalating in Ghana, and He has to do something to save the country, whose women (Aglow International, formerly Women’s Aglow Fellowship) have set aside a special day for national prayers to thank Him for the numerous blessings showered on the country, and further to ask Him for protection from natural disasters and other life-threatening events.
Now, let’s see God’s mysterious ways. The former President, now the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the 2020 elections, seems to have banked his hope on violence to win election 2020, hence his call on NDC members, specifically their vigilantes and Hawks, to prepare to meet the New Patriotic Party (NPP) “boot-for-boot” during the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Within some few weeks of the call for “boot-for-boot”, the taskforce and the Hawks in the NDC turned against themselves, resulting in the Hawks gunning down a member of the NDC task force and injuring another.
This unfortunate situation has had an immediate ripple of public concern and condemnation of political vigilantes, to the extent that President Akufo-Addo has seriously vowed to pass a law to ban vigilantism, should the NPP and NDC fail to voluntarily disband them.
Oh, the God of mystery, how unlimited your resourcefulness is. Praise be unto your name now and evermore …Amen.