June 4; First Time With No Boom

The late Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings The late Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings

Today, marks exactly 42 years after the June 4 revolution that arose out of a combination of corruption, bad governance, frustration among the general public, and lack of discipline and frustrations within the Ghanaian army.

The Coup D'état sets in motion series of events that led to the introduction of the Fourth republican dispensation in 1992, but not before the December 31, 1981 coup that ousted then President Hilla Limman.

42 years after that fateful event, today will be the first time the voice of that enigmatic leader, whose charisma, has dictated the political landscape over four decades; today they will be no boom.

Jerry John Rawlings was a selfless leader, who like our founder and first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, galvanized the whole country towards achieving one goal; prosperity for all.

Although the day has been stripped off as a public holiday, after more than 20 years, it nonetheless, remains a yardstick for measuring how far we have come as a country.

We have observed that the expectations that heralded the revolution are fast fading. For a day which ought to afford deep reflections on how well or otherwise the journey has been, the reverse has been the case.

The country is in a somber mood, as the sacrifices made, has been eroded because the evil that was fought on that day, is very much with us today.

Interestingly, today's commemoration is coming at a time corruption, extravagance, arrogance etc is at an all time high.

This morbid scenario has led some to wish for the swiftness that was seemingly characteristic of the military government. However, while the failing of the political class is evidently manifest, we totally and forcefully reject the prospect of a return to military rule.

We also agree with those who argue that the upsets we face are part of our evolving democratic process, just as we note that it could have come at a lesser cost, considering the strenuous experiences we have had as a people in search of nationhood.

So, as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) marks today, the hope is that it will serve as an opportunity for political office holders and other critical stakeholders to reflect on the need to serve the country diligently and conscientiously as there is no other country we can call our own.

The spirit of probity and accountability should be alive today more than ever, that will be the abiding legacy of Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings.

Mr Rawlings died on November 12, 2020 at the age of 73.

Source: www.theheraldghana.com