We are a people enslaved, by masters we appoint over our consciences.

We are a people enslaved, by masters we appoint over our consciences.

These masters, reminiscent of a section of that good old hymn which says “master speak thy servant heareth, master let it now be heard” speak, and the diehard servants hear and act, regardless of consequences. It is as though leadership transforms individuals into God Himself.

But it is explainable. Majority of the population believe politics is the only source of their socioeconomic progress.

The Ghanaian populace, particularly, those who participate in universal adult suffrage voting continue to let all the other citizens, who endure the governance borne out of their indecisions down. Or dare we call those decisions?

Otherwise, what is the essence of choosing between leaders who do not mind gaining the leadership mantle, through violence and bloodshed? You might want to erase the bloodshed bit.

Nonetheless, no one can dispute the loss of lives during the heated race for power, recently dubbed ‘race to the FlagStaff House’. Or is it ‘Jubilee House’? (Correct me if I am wrong, depending on when in the future you read this, and the political tradition in power). Such is the level of triviality in decision making of the people who govern us.

The national economy must be a key issue, upon which we decide who to vote into office. And by the national economy, I am not referring to some selective statistics put together to portray successful governance through storytelling.

I mean the realities of millions of Ghanaians, the bulk of whom are farmers and traders. If the plight of the people cannot be addressed based on their decisions, then the state has been captured by a select few, who based on their gluttony and greed, both with wealth and power.

It is precisely these and more that have led our political leaders including former president John Dramani Mahama. Bear with me for not addressing him as H.E. for if he matches violence “boot for boot” as he has openly declared, and we perish as a result, who would be left for him to be Excellency over?

It is unfortunate that he has also chosen to follow this path to power (yes, not office).
Of course, he is not noted for this, which is a greater source of disappointment and cause for concern, with his party chairman caught on tape recently stoking fires on organized violence.

Unlike him, Nana Akufo-Addo, the current president has called for a dialogue process to disband so-called vigilante groups. It is in the right direction, and a laudable effort on the face value.

However, his call raises serious issues of ‘content and container’, where the credibility of the content (herein the president’s call) is contaminated by the reputation of the container (being himself). How else could one reconcile his support, for the creation and arming of these violent groups, be it silently or openly, both in opposition, as well as in government?

His stance in opposition may be excused by many, as due to a lack of trust and confidence in the state security system. It is however inexcusable that as president, his Regional Security Coordinator was captured on camera being manhandled, by persons from one of the armed violent groups that supported him in opposition. Members of this same group run riot in the court, disregarding laws and consequences. Indeed, if latest revelations by the Multimedia Group, about an armed group of almost 5000 members called ‘De- Eye’ proves true, there will be no doubt that the Commander in Chief (CiC) of the Ghana Armed Forces is not clueless about this. Unless, we seek to make mockery of the intelligence gathering capacity of the nation’s military.

In fact, it would go a long way to confirm him as the CiC of vigilante Forces just as he may have been in opposition. This would then mean John Mahama is now contesting to unseat Nana Akufo-Addo as CiC of Vigilante Forces, which will not augur well for the security and stability of Ghana.

In all these, paramount is the interest of the people, and socioeconomic progress in national cohesion. And these leaders must commit to such, in the interest of the greater population.

By Musah Larry Prince

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