Feature Article of Sunday, 1 January 2012
Columnist: Gyimah, A. P.
December 31, 2011
YOUR EXCELLENCY AND FELLOW GHANAIANS, MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU.
Every year in human life, whilst achievements are made, adjustments too are made to our recorded shortfalls. As usual another year – 2011- has come to pass and with joyous seasons at the end and the beginning of the following year. I am writing to wish your family, chiefs and people of Ghana, particularly the underprivileged children and also the diaspora Ghanaians a merry Christmas and the happiest of the holidays. I also want to congratulate you on your remarkable foreign policy achievements in the reviewed period, all of which became possible because of the Almighty God. Let’s all give praise to Him.
Your calm but fast evacuation of Ghanaians from Libya, your recognition of Libya’s Transitional Government and your silence over the death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, together with your approach toward Prime Minister David Cameron’s foreign policy on homosexuality in Third World countries were superb and has placed Ghanaians in the global culture of respect for human rights. It was a culture we lost for 20 consecutive years, but was revived by our ex-President Mr. John Agyekum Kufour. The world has learned that Ghana will never deviate from the reintroduced policy to respect human rights, irrespective of government changeover. Your meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ghanaian –Ivorian relations significantly contributed to your foreign policy making achievements in regional, British Commonwealth and global politics in general. This is particularly the case because of our representation in Australia for the annual Commonwealth meeting by our Vice President His Excellency Mr. John Dramani Mahama. Since 2009, 2011 has recorded the best foreign policies in the history of our great nation.
My hope is that under your auspices, in early next year, a parliamentary statue is put in place to make homosexuality a crime punishable in prison for 10 to 25 years with hard labor. Practitioners of homosexuality do so to abuse themselves and what they see as their human and natural rights to have sex with the opposite sex. Homosexuality abuses the rights of children by teaching children the wrong sexual orientation, and generally abuses the societies they operate in. Homosexuality is not a human right. It is human abuse and we have to stop the abuse.
At the economic front, the persistent weakening of the Cedi to the major currencies is a major setback of Ghanaians. On January 7, 2009, US$1 was exchanged for 1 Ghanaian cedi and vice versa. Today, however, US$1 is exchanged for 1.50 Ghanaian cedis or more. This was caused by political hostilities from the opposition just a week after your ascendency to the high office. The hostilities make continued and are important to the terrorist’s attacks on the nation. The external world lost confidence in our economy because of political instability. Several Ghanaians abroad who saved their hard currencies at home have withdrawn their monies and are saving them abroad. An immediate correction is warranted and my suggestion is that the Governor of the Bank of Ghana resign, or be replaced. The Bank of Ghana, like most institutions such as hospitals, is not an experimental institution but a problem solving entity. The Governor must go like his counterparts in First World nations would if they encountered such a dilemma.
Still on the economy, I strongly recommend the sale of fuel to the Ghanaian consumers at one half of the world’s market price. Mexico and Venezuela are examples of oil producing countries that sell fuel to the local consumers at one half of the world’s market price or relatively less than that. They do that to promote the engine of growth of their economies. (I am not criticizing you about the recent fuel price increase. It is a piece of advice I planned to give you and Ghanaians a while ago).
Internal security in 2011 witnessed major improvements and congratulations to all public safety workers in the country for their hard work. Ghanaians need to learn about Police-community relations so that we can have a safer place to live. The youth and young men behaved themselves compared to the previous years and congratulations to them too. Let’s make next year the best of all in public safety.
A major crime against children has gone on in the country for a decade now. I will draw our IGP’s attention to it next year. I want Ghanaians not to make it a political issue when the IGP’s attention is drawn to the fact and he takes action. It’s all about children’s safety, not political issue. In Europe and in North America, authorities will be notified accordingly.
Lastly, I am repeating my call to respect tradition. 2011 recorded the worst period of disrespecting traditions in the history of Ghana from Abuakwa to Manhyia. We need legislation to backup the already existing statues to fight crimes of disrespecting tradition in the fatherland. The cultures and traditions are not only ours. They belong to the future generation, so we have to keep them intact. If we do not, we are committing crimes against the future generation.
Next year, all thing being equal, I may review my policy towards the terrorist and either refer him to our world leaders or issue him a warning ticket. I will do that with composure, but accordingly with due respect for human rights, if that’s what he wants. His behavior from now on will determine how he will be treated.
Once again, Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and everyone of our homeland Ghana.
Thank you very much for leading Ghanaians.
Mr. A. P. Gyimah