Nana Akufo-Addo and President John Mahama
Nana Akufo-Addo and President John Mahama

Barely seven months after Ghanaians voted to replace the John Mahama-led National Democratic Congress government with an Akufo Addo-led administration, hoping the new NPP government will right the ills of its predecessor; the antithesis is the order of the day.

While Ghanaians had high hopes in the NPP to vigorously fight corruption, block revenue leakages, avoid excessive borrowing, and ensure government appointees display high sense of discipline, these attributes are unfortunately lost on the Akufo-Addo government. Cronyism, nepotism and creeping arrogance of power are other charges also that have bedeviled the new NPP administration.

These very claims the NPP accused the NDC of and succeeded in getting Ghanaians to vote out the Mahama administration are fast becoming worst under the watch of President Akufo-Addo; forcing many Ghanaians to wonder if the change they voted for is worth it?

Less than a month after some renowned security experts raised concerns, warning of a looming civil unrest in the country, signs of increasing violent rebellion are fast manifesting.

Varied reports reaching this paper indicate that the Akufo Addo led-government’s handling of and, unsatisfactory management of some “disturbing” issues in the country are becoming incentives for lawlessness and could explode sooner than later.

“If government does not take immediate steps to address some of the key challenges, which is beginning to spark the pent up anger among sections of the Ghanaian populace, especially, the youth, Ghana could most likely witness a June 4-like implosion”, a worried security analyst told this paper on condition of anonymity.

These worrying sign posts, the analyst averred, are not lost to the nation’s security apparatus, particularly the Bureau of National Investigations and National Security, who he revealed; have raised the issues with the National Security Minister and other security capos.

Government’s nation-wide dismissal of public servants suspected to being sympathizers of the opposition National Democratic Congress, contemptuous dismissal of allegations of corruption against government officials, increasing rate of unemployment, inexorable economic hardship and victimization of political opponents among others, this paper has gathered, are being cited as signposts that could trigger civil unrest in the country.

While Ghanaians have so far remained calmed despite the seemingly general insecurity in the country occasioned by government alleged sponsorship of vigilante groups, a topnotch security capo told The aL-hAJJ that “many Ghanaians are now running out of patience. They thought government could salvage the situation but it appears government is complicit in these negative happenings in the country…so we may be heading to a point where the citizens themselves will rise to defend themselves”.

The security capo who does not want his name mentioned added that “what is being done to some people occupying public positions can happen to anybody. How would you feel when you wake up in the morning, dress for work only to be told that you have been fired for no wrong done? And these dismissals are being done in the midst of widespread exploitation by state actors and worsening unemployment situation in the country…that is where the danger lies. The slightest slip-up now could result in violent revolt because it seems many are becoming impatient.”

The renowned security capo particularly, warned of attempts to “forcefully” remove Chairperson of the Election management body, Mrs Charlotte Osei. According to him, this could be the foundation on which the country could slide into anarchy if not handled properly.
According to him, comments coming from many Ghanaians after news broke that, some unnamed officials of the EC have petitioned President Akufo-Addo to start impeachment process against Mrs Charlotte Osei; “there have been calls to violent rise up against government. It is worrying and we must be very careful”, he stated.

The Minority in Parliament led by Haruna Iddrisu have already served noticed that they will mobilize and oppose attempts to impeach Charlotte Osei.

Ashanti regional Youth Organizer of the NDC, Yaw Brogya Gyenfi, has also warned that any attempt to remove the EC boss will be met with fierce resistance, saying “There will be turmoil in Ghana should President Akufo-Addo act on the bogus petition for the removal of the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission [EC]. This petition was cooked at the headquarters of the ruling NPP and served to their Leader at the FlagStaff House to be executed in a masterful scheme”.

Again, there are worries among Ghanaians over how President Akufo-Addo (who has touted himself as a ruthless fighter against corruption) has handled some major corruption scandals that have hit his infant government.

In all of these scandals, “government managed to find ways to shelve the corrupt officials and pretend to fight it. At the end, the perpetuators are left to go scot free under the guise of report of a committee exonerating them. Ghanaians are not fools…they know what is happening in the country. They know when a crime has been committed and when it has not. So if you conceal these crimes you are only heightening the tension in the person,” one commentator recently noted.

“If all these things are happening under your watch and you go ahead to be sacking workers because you think they don’t belong to your party and at the same time thugs affiliated to your party are openly beating innocent people without them being arrested, then you are only calling for coup,” the commentator added.

Source: The aL-hAJJ