Fixthecountry: Nana, if only you had listened to Us Earlier
Government has been Deniably and Unduly quite over this Fixthecountry Crusade for far too Long.
In my opinion as a writer, I believe the government of the day, led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo should have responded personally to the "fixthecountry" outcry long ago.
I believe we wouldn't have gotten to where we are now as a people.
Someone will be Quick to argue that, the President ordered some government officials to address the nation about what it intended doing concerning the grievances enumerated by the fixthecountry crusaders, but was it enough?
Ghanaians didn't need the Finance Minister to be the one to address them on the issue.
Moreover, how they addressed the problem wasn't even strategically planned to cater for and calm the ancious minds of these Campaigners.
We needed our father to speak to us and calm tempest down as he used to do during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because in communication, who is speaking to you and at what material moment adds a lot of meaning to the information being communicated.
You have been tagged as a "listening father", psychologically, the immediate needs of these Campaigners was "Attention"- they needed their listening father to give them attention and listen to their grievances.
But instead they were fought at the court of law; they were chased out in the streets with police Armour vehicles just to prevent them from embarking on a harmless protest.
The police finally obtained a court injunction that stopped the protest from taking place on the streets of Accra.
But the people couldn't swallow their saliva, it was already in their mouth and they needed to spit it out.
We know that, it is not possible to just get up one day and say you're fixing every single problem in the country. After all even Rome was not built in a day as the popular adage goes.
So the government led by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo could have sent them an invitation to come to the "Reasoning Table" as even The Almighty God calls us humans to reason with us before we are finally condemned in hell fire. Isaiah 1:18
“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool"
From every indication, there are so many problems to be fixed in this country. From Sanitation to Bribery and Corruption, Poverty to Galamsey, coupled with pety educational and health care problems.
So the fixthecountry crusaders had a legitimate and genuine concern.
What the President should have initially done to prevent and protect these crusaders was to:
1. Listen to their concerns by giving them the needed Attention,
2. Reason with them or cause them to Reason with you the President.
3.Give them Assurance of your intentions and since a call to fixthecountry is the responsibility of us all, encourage the nation to also do their part in fixing the country.
Because we also need to fix our selves as a people - we need to change our attitude and old habits, and also change our mindset and perception about how we do things in the country. For example if for whatever reason, the government has not been able to provide a dustbin for a particular community, it doesn't mean we should litre indiscriminately.
4.Dedication to make amendment to really fix the country.
In a nutshell whether we will be dedicated to fix the country depends on Leadership and how Dedicated they will be in ensuring that state institutions and rule of law works in the country.
But for the government to ignore these people for the situation to escalate to this level ie about four souls perishing because of their outspokeness about the ills of the country is soo much uncalled for.
So with all the due respect, I beg to ask, my president,
Are you now going to set up a Committee of Enquiry to look into the cause of death of Ibrahim Mohammed and the other two or so innocent souls?
Are you going to pay extra committee allowance or sitting allowance to them?
These are some of the reasons why the fixthecountry movement was started in the first place.
So obviously you should have given them a listening ear as a father of the nation.
But it is not too late.
Please arise and save other people from perishing.
Call the fixthecountry Campaigners to the Reasoning Table and talk to them.
Hear them out pleaseee!
Don't let the death of Ibrahim Mohammed and the rest go in vain.
Our country certainly needs to be fixed.
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