Sunday, 8 January 2017

This Blog Will Always Speak Truth To Power In The Name Of Ordinary Ghanaians

The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,  wants to see a new paradigm in which all Ghanaians are  responsible citizens - who participate actively in the development of their country instead of being mere  lookers-on.

Obviously, encouraging ordinary people to take ownership of the development process and drive it with their enthusiasm,  is one of the most effective  ways of ensuring the transformation of Ghanaian society into a prosperous one. Brilliant strategy.

And as Lady Luck would have it, it appears that virtually the whole country is willing President Akufo-Addo on to succeed - in fulfilling his promises to the Ghanaian people. He has a tremendous amount of goodwill backing his regime. Thank goodness.

That goodwill is political capital his administration must not dissipate. That was the downfall of their immediate predecessors - who, alas, by polling day had lost the goodwill of far too many voters, to enable them hang on to power. The new adminstration's leaders  must never forget that political capital having once been spent can seldom be built up again.

President Akufo-Addo is starting off with a great deal of nationwide backing: Never have so many ordinary people converged on the Independence Square, and its environs, from all over the country under their own steam, to witness what many of them clearly did believe to be a crucial moment in their nation's history - the swearing into office as President of the Republic of Ghana,  of someone they see as an honest, disciplined and physically brave politician they believe will transform Ghana successfully into a prosperous and fair society.

Alas, President Akufo-Addo has his work cut out, in that regard: For centuries, one of the biggest failings of our traditional culture -  regardless of the part of Ghana one references - has been our propensity as a people to encourage obsequiousness and sycophancy in our relationships with those in positions of power in various spheres of our national life.

That collective praise-singing-failing represents the biggest threat to all the marvellous  plans of President Akufo-Addo and members of his New Patriotic Party (NPP) regime. That is why they must be wary of some of their allies in the Ghanaian media world. Their mercenary natures and conscienceless partisanship could eventually bring the new NPP regime to ruin, over time, by alienating the public from the government.

On our part our stand is pretty clear: We love Mother Ghana passionately and will always try to prevent her gang-rape by greedy and callous brutes. That is, and has always been the basis for our criticisms of all our nation's leaders, past and present - and will continue to be the case as we go forward into the future over the next four years.

In that regard, this blog's humble contribution to the nation-building effort will be to speak truth to power, at all material times - as we are convinced that that is the best way to ensure our nation's current leaders will continue to remain on the right track: as they work towards fulfilling their many promises to the good people of Nkrumah's Ghana.

We did same to the hard-of-hearing National Democratic Congress (NDC) regime of President Mahama, and incured the lasting enemity of a number of that regime's greedy hardliners - whose shortsightedness blinded them to the fact that we were patriots who loved Mother Ghana: who were merely trying to prevent her brutal gang-rape by a callous and barbaric few.

So though we know that we shall incur their enemity too, this blog will always speak truth to power regardless of the intimidatory tactics employed by some of those now serving in the new regime. It also ought to be pointed out that because we have always believed that some of the ruling party's leading lights pose a real threat to the cohesion of our nation - because they place tribal loyalty above their patriotic duty to protect the best interests of the Ghanaian nation-state - we are definitely not friends of the NPP.

So we shall criticise our new leaders constructively too whenever there is a need for that: for the good of our beloved country and its warm, welcoming and aspirational people. (For all our sake, therefore, may God Almighty bless, protect and guide our nation's new leaders always - as long as they remain honest and eschew corruption. Amen.)

Finally, this blog  gives its solemn word to its many readers: We are  committed to speaking truth to power. Having duly served notice to our nation's new leaders - by this declaration of our intent to them - we hereby rest our case.

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