You have failed us, Mr. President.
“It is my duty and my privilege to declare Nana Akufo-Addo as the president-elect of Ghana”.
Those were the exact words of Mrs. Shallot Osei in 2016 that sparked a lot of jubilation among a section of Ghanaians, awoken in us a new sense and spirit of patriotism, citizenship, nationalism and hope for a better Ghana, with opportunities and prosperity for all, as promised by then candidate Akufo Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Four years on, our hopes and expectations have been dashed, our vision blurred, our hearts filled with sorrow and disappointment after the lofty promises in the run up to the 2016 elections.
My hope has always been to see the total economic emancipation of Ghana and see the country be a haven of peace, prosperity, a vanguard of human decency, in pursuit of freedom and justice with respect for the rule of law.
When one looks at where we came from following the early years of independence and where Ghana is today, it is no exaggeration to say that Ghana is a failed state and that we need new leadership with the vision, foresight and innovative thinking to take Ghana into the oasis of economic freedom which is the ultimate objective for a country like Ghana.
Therefore as a result of bad leadership, Ghana is where it is today.
A country with a broken economy, heightened insecurity, high levels of poverty, poor infrastructure, poor quality healthcare system that is unable to deliver appropriate services, a poor quality and flawed system of education, unbridled corruption and a country that essentially cannot feed itself.
With very high levels of unemployment which threatens the very existence of the country, the sparse employment opportunities that are out there have been hijacked by some who practice tribalism, sexism and preference for friends and family and not entirely basing their judgment on one’s work ethics, experience or capabilities.
Poverty has become widespread, unemployment very high, manufacturing and agriculture in decline and our external and domestic debts too heavy a burden to bear.
The four years of the Akufo Addo led NPP administration has been characterised with government officials acting with impunity, bastardisation and politicisation of state institutions, silencing of loud voices of descent, intimidation of the media among others, reverting the nation to the era of the culture of silence.
Many Ghanaians today feel oppressed, insecure as far as their security and safety are concerned, more dejected, disappointed, betrayed and misled due to the bad and inept leadership of his excellency Nana Akufo Addo.
Mr. President, you have failed us, you have betrayed the people’s mandate.
Indeed God created light and darkness, that man may realise the importance of light over darkness.
So I ask, have Ghanaians voted for a retrogressive change?
STORY BY: SITSOFE VUVOR