There is an old saying that says; “in Africa….those with ideas are not in power; those in power lack ideas; when the citizens have the power, they still vote for people without ideas”.
Power corrupts; and when you are in charge, you start doing things that you think are right, but they're actually not right. Whether we believe it or not…it is true that power corrupts; the hope at the polling stations and the actions of the elected representatives, unfortunately, often turn to be opposite. The power of ballot turns into the power of wallet. Some law-makers become law-breakers, and so on.
Whiles some people believed, that power corrupts people, some also believed that, is not power that corrupts the people but fear. The fear of losing power, corrupts those who wield it, and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it…and that was the main message in the story of the ‘Animal Farm’.
The story of the ‘Animal Farm’ teaches us how easily power corrupts those who wield it and that when leader have more power than they lead, that power is easy to abused.
When the ordinary individuals are deceived and maltreated by the leaders, and are made to continually believe that, some people are more equal than others; and deserve better living conditions than that others, they feel cheated and betrayed leading to accumulated anger.
The New Patriotic Party in opposition promised Ghanaians of an Equal Distribution of National Cake.They promised to put money in the pockets of Ghanaians, and to initiate policies that will improve the living conditions of Ghanaians, but since assuming office in 2017, Ghanaians are still living lives worst that before. Only few people (related to the government), are happy enjoying the national cake; the larger population are being deprived.
A release by the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) - National Communications Bureau (NCB) on November 6, 2019 shows that, more than 51 appointees in the Nana Addo’s government are either his family members or friends. Most of the key positions are believe to be given to the families or friends of the president, and his vice.
When Nana Addo in opposition promise to share the national resources equally among the citizens…what did he mean?
Considering this, we can’t help but to submit that, the Nana Addo/Bawumia government is the most nepotistic government in Ghana’s sixty-four-years history.
The constitution of our beloved country guarantees freedom of speech and expression. This means every citizen have the freedom to express themselves on topical national issues. This right includes freedom to hold opinions, and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless who is in power. That is what the constitution gave us as citizens; but in reality, it is not so.
The country today has been hit with something that looks like the culture of silence; people fear to speak their minds when things go wrong or are going wrong. The institutions tasked to hold government accountable, and check the system, are all silence. The reason is the fear of victimization by the authorities.
In Ghana today, the reality of the situation is; although we are all Ghanaians, and according to the constitution, we are all equal; some people are more Ghanaians that other; some people are more equal than others are. The people who are related to the ruling government receive better treatment than the rest of the population…this simply gives the picture of modern ‘Animal Farm’.
Should that be the case, what is the fate of our beloved country?
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