By Abdul Razak Bawa
Men are alike in their promises. It is only in their deeds that they are different-Jean Baptiste Moliere.
Truth is constant. It does not need colour or sweetener. The triumph of truth over falsehood is always a matter of time. And the truth Boniface Abubakar Saddique, Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina, should know is that no one is happy in Madina today.
A popular saying which has no boundaries goes like, to whom much is given, much is expected. If ever there is one politician, in parliament today, who should count himself lucky it is, Boniface Abubakar.
Madina Constituency was until his emergence a safe seat for the National Democratic Congress (NDC). The NDC has won both presidential and parliamentary elections since 1992, when the country returned to multi-party democracy.
Most politicians lie, we all sometimes, but some have perfected the art. Boniface Abubakar, falls in the category of politicians, who consistently bring the name into disrepute.
These days, it is very common to hear people say, politicians are the same. A few bad nuts have ensured that, one brush is used on all of them.
Sometimes you just know it when something is not right. The uneasy feel, instinctive and intrinsic feelings are all tell-tale signs of an obvious anomaly and are sometimes needed to be relied on as clear pointers to outliers.
Without mincing words, what is happening in Madina is a crude slap in the face of those residents who worked tirelessly to push Alhaji Amadu Sorogho out of parliament.
Sometimes one might just think that it is better to give up; that a case is a basket case and not worth wasting one’s time about.
The performance of Boniface Abubakar brings to mind an old maxim: The more things change the more they remain the same.
Boniface, has been nothing but a disappointment. In 2016, constituents of Madina, voted for a change, they were fed lies and promised heaven, they voted overwhelmingly for a better tomorrow, but the stark reality is upon them.
On December 7, 2016, I learnt a big lesson that I will never forget. Here I was in a queue behind a lady to go and cast my vote. There are two tables where one is given the ballot papers, you first take that of the presidential, go into the booth vote, come out and then you are given the parliamentary ballot and you go into another booth vote and you are done.
This lady after collecting the presidential ballot paper and voting, started to walk away, she was called to come back for the parliamentary ballot, her answer was “I don’t know any of the people contesting for the parliamentary seat”.
How I wish most of us, will learn to have principles like this lady, indeed she didn’t know any of the contestants, and so did not want to make a mistake of burdening the innocent ones into their hands.
Madina, thought it knew Boniface, he was voted for without asking why he lost in Salaga, we did not bother to find out his performance as the MP for the people of Salaga, we were fed lies and we bought into the lies.
Recently on Net 2 TV, when the MP was asked about what has caused the delay in completing the road from the Presec School through Hannah School Complex, Melcom Shopping Mall right to the Madina-market.
The MP said “works on the road was brought to a standstill, as a result of a major pipeline belonging to the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) which serves the area that needs to be relocated”.
If the MP, had said this in 2016 prior to him becoming the MP, we would have swallowed it hook, line and sinker.
We have been fed lies before, we believed the lies, but as for this lie, Boniface can go tell the Marines.
This road construction started more than a year ago, what site inspection took place before the contract was awarded, which pipes on the less than two kilometers road can cause the road to delay for more than two years beats my imagination. Are the pipes to be replaced from Weija to Madina?
This is a palpable lie; even a five-year-old can see in-between the lie.
It is indubitable that Boniface gained acceptability in Madina, on the basis of change mantra. The people of Madina, were fed up with the unmitigated years of Alhaji Amadu Sorogho, residents are, therefore, right to expect positive concrete change in the way things were done previously
People of Madina don’t know what to expect from Boniface. They have stopped expecting anything from him.
The sad journey in the life of every politician, is when he reaches a stage, where people he is leading give up on him.
They don’t care which route he takes, all they are doing is following him to the end of his journey.
The residents of Madina, know Boniface, do not have the magic wand to turn Madina around, but they did not expect him to lie about it either.
He is no Captain Planet, they know what he can and cannot do, what they did not know he can do well is to lie.
Power, which has been used in other climes as an instrument of change, unfortunately in Ghana, has become an avenue for some politicians to extend the hegemony. Boniface’s emergence in Madina, was welcome with a renewed hope and his words assured the people that, all was not lost. Almost three years into his administration, the phrase politicians are the same, is on the lips of many residents of Madina.
Madina, deserves better, Boniface needs to up his game, the business as usual attitude that defined Sorogho’s tenure, must and cannot be entertained.
No matter how you slice it, dice it, Boniface, has failed us.