Letter to My Unborn Son Regarding President Akufo-Addo

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Dear Son, I am sorry that the world I am bringing you into, is one in which the idea of having someone like Nana Addo Dawnkwa Akufo-Addo, as a president of a country is possible, but the president of Ghana.

Growing up as a boy and now a young man, I had hoped that by this point in history, we would be better than this. Apparently, we're not.

Before I share my frustration and the sentiments of millions of Ghanaians, with the leadership being provided by President Akufo-Addo, son please when you are of age and learn of the harm caused by one man's ambition on the entire nation, don't hate the man, whose character has brought more harm to the good people of this country than good.

It is not good to your own health, to hate one man with a lot of power and little self-restraint. And don't hate the people, who enthusiastically supported him.

Son, it is important for you to understand what Nana Addo represents. He is a mirror reflecting a dark and dangerous part of our history that, whether we like it or not, is in all of us.

So I want you all to understand the part we have all played, whether we meant to or not, in giving rise to Nana Addo.

In 2016, many of us raised a voice to what we thought was wrong with the country, when president John Dramani Mahama, was in office. In fact, we were heard loud and clear, the first day he took the oath of office on January 7, 2013. Many leaders in the world, enjoy what is known as the honeymoon period, but president Mahama, never had a day to rest. Ghanaians from all walks of spoke truth to power, the clergy, the academia, lawyers, business men and women, celebrities, ordinary Ghanaians, etc. That was the time, when the nation and its leader, gave expression to the true meaning of democracy.

Son, president Akufo-Addo, had a love affair with many Ghanaians, when he constantly told us, how a true democrat he was, having helped in the struggle to restore democracy, and as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, under the administration of John Agyekum Kufuor, led his ministry in parliament to repeal the criminal libel law.

All he did to realize his childhood ambition, was just skin deep, it was in furtherance of his dream of becoming president.

The real Akufo-Addo, came to light after he was elected president. The signs were there, we were warned by people who knew him up close and personal, notably among them former president John Kufuor, Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe, Kofi Koomson, Charles Wereko Brobbey etc.

Candidate Akufo-Addo, in the run up to the 2016 election accused president Mahama of running a family and friends government. He promised that, if elected, he will constitute an all inclusive government.

But when Ghanaians bought his lies and voted for him, he has succeeded in infesting every institution of government with nepotism. Again, it will take decades to inoculate these agencies against the virus.

Son, it is not that there was no nepotism in the national life before Akufo-Addo's government, but the current administration made it a state policy.

By my educated guess, it will take four decades to put Ghana together after the exit of President Nana Akufo-Addo. It will depend on your generation to put it back on track.

Son, we have let your generation and those before you down, but I am hopeful of the ability and capacity of your generation to correct our mistakes and choose leaders, who are not only after immortality, but will leave and walk their talk.

Ghana is like humpty-dumpty – broken, amputated and cannibalised. The Akufo-Addo, administration has wrought irreparable damage on the country across sectors. The mess is deep and stinks.

Son, there was a time in the life of this great nation, where those who put themselves out to fight corruption, became the target persecution. Corruption fought people with conscience.

The president took its paranoia and vindictiveness towards anyone who means well for the country beyond the stratosphere , removing the Auditor General, Daniel Domelevo, because he dared to touch one of his annointed, Yaw Osafo Marfo. By dint of that, it effectively wolfed anti-corruption crusaders.

In all his campaigns for president, Akufo-Addoran on an anti-corruption platform, everywhere he went, he affirmed with tired, clichéd reductionism that all the problems of Ghana boiled down to corruption.

He argued that the powers of the highest office in the land must be exercised in an earnest 'war on corruption' for the country to recover its promise.

Son, Akufo-Addo, when he won power, suddenly developed 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 aides. 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 any member of his team as politically motivated attacks on his person and the government.

He feels obligated to protect and insure the integrity of his entire staff. This sense of false duty has expanded into an amorphous policy of blind spot favoritism, a touch-not-my-anointed exemption arrangement that guarantees his men immunity from rigorous scrutiny.

Insecurity became a quotidian experience, and abnormal normality. Ghanaians lived in fear, journalists, were not spared, ordinary citizens, were not spared either. People, including Members of Parliament were gunned down, with no one to answer for it.

Every conceivable ill that make up a jungle society became prevalent in the Ghana, you were born into.

More than five years in the life of the Akufo-Addo, administration, but there is nothing to celebrate.

As Ghanaians, our rights have been consistently and violently violated on regular basis. We have grown weary of the evils of Akufo-Addo's reign of terror. The present political arrangement is suspicious, sordid, exploitative, and humanly unsatisfying

Son, the type of Akufo-Addo, must never be allowed anywhere near the highest office of the land, they are the poison chalice, they kill everything they come close.

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Source: Abdul Razak Bawa