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Opinions of Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Columnist: Michael Jarvis Bokor

A country of idle hands fixated on trivialities

Folks, for many days now, so much idle talks has been going on concerning the non-title bout between Samir Bastie and Bukom Banku. I am disgusted by all that bull crap.

So much airtime is given to this bull crap as if there is nothing more important to engage us.

Now, Bukom Banku himself is adding something too idiotic for my liking: "Give me a break; even Mahama lost an election"

While the economy continues to stagnate and the Akufo-Addo family-and-friends government is fast devising clever means to fleece the system, shouldn't public discourse be energized by better issues than this Bukom Banku nonsense?

From hindsight, though, it is not difficult to know the reason for this fixation on this matter, especially now that the anti-Mahama elements have begun raising issues with the kinds of people that Mahama associated himself with while in power and why he lost Election 2016.

Mahama lost the elections; but was he the first Ghanaian leader to do so? What lesson has his loss taught us?

I've asked this question because happenings under Akufo-Addo thus far clearly indicate that nothing new is being introduced into governance style. It is obvious that the very acute criticisms that the NPP raised against Mahama's leadership style aren't influencing how Akufo-Addo is leading his team.

In effect, nothing drastically new has emerged so far to give Ghana a different path toward development. So, apart from the filling of the old wine bottle with "new" wine, what has changed?

No new policies to discipline public office holders, to sanitize the public system itself, or to improve governance. Nothing new at all on the horizon. Instead, lies, deception, and deep-seated cunning mechanisms for stealing public funds are in force.

State institutions are so emaciated as not to be able to do anything at all to improve governance. Is it the Judiciary itself? Damn!! Parliament? Humbug!!

Others? Complicit in the thievery going on. Why is the CHRAJ not able to investigate the Kenbond devilry? Or all that has emerged under Akufo-Addo to prove that he is just walking the known path which won't get Ghana out of the woods?

Folks, pettiness is killing us in Ghanaian politics.This fixation on the Bukom Banku and Bastie encounter is a clear demonstration of that pettiness. Not surprisingly, it is even being politicized to sustain the dirty politics that hasn't helped us in any way all this while.

It is weird for things to be taken to this limit. A mere non-title bout being so hyped in public discourse? Come on!! No justification for this weirdness, folks!!

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