Can Akufo-Addo Takes Us Back To Where He Met The Country In 2017?

President Nana Akufo-Addo President Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghanaians clamored for change, they cried for it and they were promised the change, but almost five years into the life of this administration, and president Akufo-Addo, has not brought the electorate closer to the change he promised them.

The road ahead until 2025, when the country will be rescued is far and could turn out tortuous for citizens that are now victims of economic hardship and armed robbers.

Well- meaning Ghanaians, would gladly plead with the present administration to return us to where it met us in 2017, rather than trust on Akufo-Addo's promise for a better tomorrow.

Although, things were not that rosy in the past, it is obvious now more than ever that, Ghana was better off in the past than now. Wishing for a return of yesterday is not only out of place and impossible for now; the world moves on unhampered.

Perhaps, it is appropriate to recap how the lawyer turned politician made his way into the nation's psyche. At the outset of the Fourth Republic, this lawyer who has been in the forefront of retuning Ghana to democratic rule, emerged as the peoples representative of Abuaka Constituency in the Eastern region.

Diminutive figure, but highly eloquent with a gift of gab, he nursed the ambition of becoming president, he made his first move in 1998, but was muscled out by a well qualified and capable man in the person of John Agyekum Kufuor.

Akufo-Addo, again made the attempt to become president in 2008 and 2012, before eventually fulfilling his childhood dream in 2016.

Before 2016, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, had distinguished himself as a man of the people by his perceptibly energetic drive towards ensuring integrity in governance. We were told by his followers that, he was not corrupt, and will never be corrupt.

He became so popular that Ghanaians across all spectrum of life rooted for him. He went on to make history by becoming the first opposition leader to win presidential election by winning outright in the first round with 53.85percent of the votes.

He prided himself on unimpeachable integrity, he promised Ghanaians he will protect the public purse, but power, they say is an aphrodisiac that very few can resist its aroma let alone the allure.

Nana Akufo-Addo, like the Greek gods of the ancient, has, after all, feet of clay and has fallen into infamy.

Since becoming president, the country which was on the path of progress, has not only stagnated but has retrogressed.

Every aspect of the Ghanaian economy, has suffered some level of deficit. One of the problems that continue to bedevil many African countries, is corruption. Billions of dollars is lost annually due to corruption and it has become an African nemesis.

The level of corruption witnessed under this administration is unprecedented. Every president since 1992, has tried albeit unsuccessfully to fight corruption, but never have we seen a president fighting corruption fighters.

Under Akufo-Addo, people who have laid down their lives to fight corruption have become endangered species. Daniel Domelovo, was forced out of office because he had the audacity to go after one of the anointed ones. His biggest mistake was when he decided to surcharge the then Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo, over the Kroll and Associates matter.

President Akufo-Addo, does not take prisoners, he goes for the kill and he does so with cold, calculated and dispassionate mind set.

Martin Alamisi Amidu, who was appointed as the first Special Prosecutor, and given a clear mandate to go after appointees of former president John Dramani Mahama, decided to go off tangent, which led him to step on the tail of the president.

The finance minister is one of the favorites of the president and yet Martin Amidu, had the presence of mind to indict him in the Agyapa Gold Royalties transaction.

The irony with Mr Integrity Akufo-Addo, is that once you work for him, you can never be corrupt. The thinking of the Akufo-Addo administration is that corruption is the preserve vice of outsiders. It is what other people do. And it is what Akufo-Addo's disciples are incapable of doing.

Akufo-Addo, has the strong notion that human beings rise to infallibility by the virtue of their presence in his immaculate orbit. This fallacy in his head filters out accusations of corruption against his appointees.

Thus, he is irritated by any suggestion that one of his men could be guilty of indiscretion. It makes him poised to dismiss accusations of wrongdoing raised against his any member of his team as politically motivated attacks on his person and the government.

Many considered him as a gadfly , little did we know that he was a wolf in sheep clothing.

The president again, rode on the back of free Senior High School to power, he promised among other things to transform education, increase enrolment, open up infrastructure, and ensure quality, but what we are witnessing is the opposite.

Standards are falling, they was allegation of widespread leakage of West African Examination Council exams involving the first batch of free SHS.

Heads of second cycle institutions are crying of lack of funds, which is affecting teaching and learning. The president who promised to build 300 SHSs, is yet to lay a foundation for even one.

The economy, has not seen any improvement, if anything at all, prices of goods and services just keep soaring, and the president doesn't care, all he cares about is, satisfying his lavish lifestyle.

A country epitomizes the character of its leader, insecurity in the country is a reflection of president Akufo-Addo. The country is falling apart and the president needs to sit up.

President Akufo-Addo, can heed the good advice of an American writer and poet, Suzy Kassem, who says: "A good leader lays seeds to grow trees of peace. A bad leader lays down bricks to build walls of ignorance. Always choose the peacemaker, not the divider. The one who unites and strengthens a country, not divides and cripples it. A leader that will build bridges, not walls."

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Source: Abdul Razak Bawa/www.theheraldghana.com