“Our leaders are very stupid and stubborn. They don’t reason at all. Ghana is sick. Number 1 is sick and number two too is sick” – Police Officer Corporal Fredrick Kwaku Dzemeki on Facebook (28th May 2021).
There already been demonstrations and public disregard for the progress, and lack of thereof in the Republic. Where the duopoly of the Republic isn’t creating a better space, but more of the same. Thee is no possible positive movements or development, which matters for the general public. That’s why the public dismay is growing.
President Nana Akufo-Addo seems like his getting touchy and showing his thin-skin. The almighty, his excellency and head of state has reacted, if not his folks has returned him some favours. That he cannot manage a police officer writing on Facebook. It is not like its a crime to speak your mind or say what you feel. However, other authorities in Ghana arrested the officer for “insulting” the President and his Vice-President…
That says it all.
The Ghanaian President and his allies is following totalitarian counterparts. The authorities here is resolving matters like they did in Burundi. Where they arrested some kids for using pencils and cartooning pictures of His Excellency Nkurunziza. Just like they did arrest a comedian in Tanzania for mocking Magufuli with his own picture over it. Lastly, they have banned satire and political cartoon of Rwandan President Kagame. So, it seems like Akufo-Addo has splendid company to associate himself with.
For someone who wants to portray himself as a statesman and building a stronger Ghana. Arresting someone for writing ill about you on social media. Only shows how easily hurt and entitled the President is. That people cannot address him like this…
This is an action of someone who is supposed to be above this, but clearly his not. The President and his men should get used to worse than this. Especially, if they are getting real criticism. I’m pretty sure an MP or a civil activists will say something much more despicable or even more punishable.
If this is insulting the President. Then his really soft. His as soft as ice-cream. The milk is strong with this one. You can rip it to cream really quickly. Akufo-Addo most really suffer and his folks most be jaded. Their role is to serve the general and also the copper who questioned their work. Instead of arresting the fella. They should have the character and see if these sentiments are across the board.
The police officer Dzemeki isn’t alone in this. If so, the public and activists wouldn’t be out there on the streets and neither have campaigns to create change in the Republic as well. The President and his associates should look into that and not only order water-cannons to combat these folks. The general public needs to be heard and not only granted mediocre “gifts” ahead of the polls.
President Akufo-Addo needs chill and understand his place. His there to serve the whole state and not the other way around. Even if his a honourable and His Excellency. His still a person who serves and represent the whole republic. This is why he should listen to the public and their dismay. Not arrest them or get them charged.
The authorities have insulted themselves by arresting the police officer. They should really monitor the internet and find people who really write insulting texts about the President. Because, I can assure this is only some weak tea. The President of Ghana cannot be great, if this is insulting. The SNL and other programs are more deep than this. Heck, Trevor Noah could make a joke, which would send the President into his death-bed. Because, the President should be able to carry himself.
Akufo-Addo clearly need some help. If not he needs to direct the authorities and let them do a proper job. Since this isn’t it. Unless, he wants to be as high and mighty as the deceased Presidents before him. That’s not the folks he wants to be associated with, but he clearly enjoys their company. As he joins them in their inaugurations like went to Museveni’s recently. Peace.
“Countrymen, the task ahead is great indeed, and heavy is the responsibility; and yet it is a noble and glorious challenge – a challenge which calls for the courage to dream, the courage to believe, the courage to dare, the courage to do, the courage to envision, the courage to fight, the courage to work, the courage to achieve – to achieve the highest excellencies and the fullest greatness of man. Dare we ask for more in life? ” President Kwame Nkrumah address to the National Assembly. 12 June 1965
These days, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cannot catch a breath… heck he doesn’t have a moment of silence. The people are willing to riot and demonstrate. They are tired of been taken for a ride. A political elite not seeing them and not meeting their needs. Accra and other places are seeing this.
Ghana is burning. Ghana is tired and most of all. Ghana seems like it is tired of taken for granted. To have selfish leaders who only fix things for themselves and their operatives, but doesn’t serve the general public. A political class who has forgotten the lessons of Kwame Nkrumah. These have to be revisited to achieve what is long forgotten.
Not to forget the passion of M.Anifest on Burna Boy’s ‘Another Story’ which was released in 2019, where he said these wise words:
“Same shit, Ghana, Naija, man tire
Stuck in traffic I dey hate delay
Big man get the motorcade, big Benz and the Escalade
Hustle just dey escalate
But March 6, we go celebrate
Every year be the same cock and bull
Propaganda you dey push no dey pull
E dey pain, people tire for this matter
Everyday for thief man, one day for master” – (M.Anifest, 2019).
That sentiment is felt in Ghana these days too. The same sort of neglect and feeling of being forgotten by the ones representing you. Where you feel nothing is happening and that’s why the citizens are pleading to fix it.
The demands is very clear, but shows the lack of progress. They are asking for the water to run in their taps. Not just work on the water-cannons of the Ghana Police vehicles. Fix Dumsor, fix the roads, fix the education system and fix the health care system. They are coming with demands, which shows a lack of care and use of resources. Still, the same state have fresh new from the boat police vehicles and other equipment to crack-down on demonstrations. That just shows how mismanaged their priorities are…
President Akufo-Addo have been smart in the past. He knows which words to say and get positive publicity. However, now the state is clearly mismanaged and the people are tired of it all. Economic Fighters League have been on this front-line a long time without much or any support. Now the #FixThisCountry and #FixMotherGhana is catching fire. Which is good, because they are fighting the same cause.
The indifference and the lack of care for citizens. While a political elite and their associates are living large. The economy was dead before the global pandemic, but it did expose it. Showing the lack of concern or care from the government. The NDC-NPP have controlled and switched power, but with no real change. They have just changed chairs and called it a day.
Now the youth, the citizens are crying and shredding tears. They are saying: enough. It is time for the people in power to listen. Not only order the police vehicles in the streets. Having press conferences stating facts and coming with propaganda. No, it is time to work and fix it all. The duopoly rulers have had their time and clearly not used it properly. Because, if they did.. they wouldn’t be here today. Peace.