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Opinions Wed, 31 Jul 2013

Mr. President, ”please resign”.

By: Stephen A. Quaye.

For a rare

reason the birthday celebration of President John Dramani Mahamah escaped me.

Otherwise I would have packaged a nice birthday cake for him when he celebrated

his birth day this year.

No but is it

wrong to wish a sitting president well on his birth day? It is not wrong to

package a nice present for him on such day because he deserves it as equally as

any ordinary citizen.

After all

opposition youth activists in Uganda in 2011 attempted to throw a mock birthday

party for their president Mr. Yoweri

Museveni, that focused on his disputed age.

Unfortunately, the 20 strong group was

confronted by 200 heavily riot police and the nicely decorated birth day cake,

sweets and mangoes were seized on suspicion that they contained poison.

Anyway I care

for the president so I will never harbour such intention of contaminating a

nice birth day cake with poison for him on his birth day only for the” ABAN

PROSI” to put my hands in the iron bangle and throw be behind the iron curtain.

You received the

story recently about Toronto Mayor Mr. Rob Ford who was suspected of using hard

drugs.

After that story

came out, a group of people who were calling for his removal from office as a

mayor decorated a nice birthday cake and went on a walk on his birthday congratulating

him with no confrontation by the police. So wishing presidents, government

officials and politicians birthday is normal.

But on birth day

cakes there have been congratulatory messages that wish these personalities

well eh? Definitely on the cake there

was a message to wish Mr. Museveni well which read like this,” HAPPY BIRTHDAY

PRESIDENT MUSEVENI. HOW OLD ARE YOU 73 or 75?” Of course Mr. Museveni reduced

his age from 75 to 73 in order to stand the next election which drew a lot of

controversy.

Toronto Mayor, was

not lucky as his was an appeal on him to heed to the opposition’s call to step

down as a mayor of the area due to the suspicion that he allegedly abused

cocaine which read like this,” Congratulations Mayor Rob Ford, please resign as

a mayor”.

So for the two

typical examples given which one will you chose as a message to be put on the

cake for president Mahamah? Oh yeah? Is that what the spirit is telling you to

tell the president to resign after wishing him well? Okay.

You may be right

because the suffering has not changed since late president Mills took over

power in 2009 up till date that president Mahamah handed over power to himself

just after the 2012 elections.

The horrible

economic, social and political situation under the NDC government probably made

you choose that message of appeal for the president to step down to be put on the

cake.

The energy crisis,

high cost of living, expensive health care, high cost of education, housing,

transportation and utility deliveries, the rising rates of unemployment, crime,

ritual murders, drug trafficking and selective justice as well as the high

incidence of official corruption and discrimination has made a whole lot of

Ghanaians to plead with the president to step down.

Until the

president do some work to bring about comfort into the lives of Ghanaians the

call on him to step down will never end. It will continue so Mr. President

please do some work now and get a birth day cake with good message on it or

expect to read your wish,” CONGRATULATION MR. PRESIDENT. PLEASE RESIGN”.

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Columnist: Quaye, Stephen A.