Akufo-Addo, Wrong on the Issues, wrong for Ghana

Thu, 3 Nov 2011 Source: Mubarak, Ras

Again, we have seen yet another demonstration of the opposition

leader’s unfitness to lead. He is showing us how dangerously clueless he is to

the real issues affecting Ghanaian families. At a time when ten Ghanaians have

been reported dead from the recent floods, Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo is talking

about winning the next election “at all cost.”

He has not bothered to go visit the victims, let alone hug the

babies, shake hands, make donations and give the nation an indication of what

he would do about flood risk management. Ten Ghanaians are dead, several

hundred are displaced and property worth millions destroyed, and all Akufo-Addo

can do is to give a stale lecture about visions? Clearly the opposition leader

is out of touch and far removed from the rest of the country.

Contrary to his propped up image, Nana Addo is all froth and

certainly has little understanding of what Ghanaians are looking for. It is

when one is able to do the small things that people entrust one with the big


In Awoshi, one of the suburbs worse hit by the flood, more

than two hundred families were affected. People still are in need of relief

items; our compatriots have lost everything and all “Mr. All die be die” can do

is to tell us the next election should be won by his party at all cost.

Quite clearly, the people of Ghana saw the difference in

leadership. Whilst President Mills suspended his schedule, toured affected

areas and got his hands dirty, the NPP candidate strutted around hotels abroad

and issued a meekly and effeminate statement that was bereft of vision or


He was one of the consigliore of the Kufour regime. We still

remember the last time they were in government. It was hard to save and harder

to retire. They have changed the tune, but they haven’t changed their minds.

Nana Akuffo Addo is a loyal supporter of the Kufour

government – the most disastrous government that left a disastrous legacy. He

subscribes to the same failed Kufour policies.

All he is doing now is an opportunity to continue with the same out of touch

economic policies that hurt Ghanaian families.

What the opposition leader is doing is an exercise in

opportunism. Under his leadership as foreign minister, the country couldn’t

even take a position on the big issues. We saw cowardice and irresolute

leadership. They dithered, and when it came to the big foreign policy decisions,

his government, which was characterized by serial incompetence, took a safe


The main opposition leader speaks about how no child would

be subjected to social exclusion. Again, that is another feeble attempt at masking

the real story. In him, is a candidate who exudes a sense of entitlement. We

know how the NPP government was driven by patronage, and how it spent public

money to buy loyalty.

He was Ghana to progress, yet speak of winning an election

at all cost. This country requires peace in order to prosper and progress.

Under the NPP leader, you can be assured he would break down the peace we have

enjoyed. Akufo-Addo would subject his opponents to aggression and humiliation

as he did with President Rawlings when he revoked the ex-president’s courtesies

because Rawlings, according to them, spoke out of turn.

The opposition leader may have been much help to his party,

but once he is in the Castle, he is going to get even with everyone. This is

the reason why his own friends like Kofi Koomson, warned the nation in 2008 that

he couldn’t sleep if Nana Addo was President.

Yes the opposition leader is promising something different,

something that would see our country drifting towards the Right, where they

plan to loosen government control over the energy sector, raise taxes and give

industry the right to misbehave.

When it comes to the real issues, he should tell Ghanaians

if he is for more investment in public service, if yes, how is he going to pay

for it?

Indeed, we in our country must set very high targets, and be

willing to make the efforts to reach them. Farmers will have to set higher goals for

their production; business community will have to put their know-how to work to

increase productivity. Fact is, Akufo-Addo is the wrong man on the big issues

and the wrong man for Ghana. The Mills government has its shortcomings, but it

is committed to the progress of our country. The job of building a better Ghana

rests with all of us.

The outcome of the government’s efforts will depend, as it

has always depended, on the spirit and energy of all Ghanaians.

Akufo-Addo may dream his dream and scheme his scheme, but we

have work to do. Let’s focus on building a better Ghana and endeavor to stop “Mr.

All die be die” from becoming anything that resembles President of Ghana.

Ras Mubarak,

NDC Activist & Parliamentary Aspirant,



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Columnist: Mubarak, Ras