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Opinions of Sunday, 20 July 2014

Columnist: Hardi, Ibrahim

Ghana need a mentality change.

Demo-crazy is beautiful. It is educative noise that you cannot hide from. Everyone can make some noise; it could be from an intellectual, tribal, economical or empty-barrel point of view. It almost seems like we are in political age, and that we have marginalized information technology and education into the background.

When two elephants wrestle, it is the grass under them that suffers. Mr. President, do you get my drift?, Ghanaians are suffering from this political climate where we keep on making ourselves look bad just to get political points.

There is this notion of PHD (pull him down) in Ghana where people don’t want others to prosper, which is true. President Mahama is on the rise and ”The greedy bastards” does not want to see that happen. We need to be our brother’s keeper and lead them to their full potential. I am tired of seeing people in opposition criticizing and debunking every single move by president Mahama government simply to score chip political points. People are complaining of the educative noise ruling our airwaves these days.

These phone-in programmes are useful, we live in a democratic world. While some are expending their energies imploring Ghanaians to work hard, others make verbal assaults left, right and center on most radio stations across the country. This does not augur well for the hospitality and peace we work to hold on to in our nation. Think twice, my people, be wise.

A foreign friend was asking me the some day why we keep on discussing NPP and NDC?. Frankly, I am not in the position to answer that. Ghanaians have passions for various things. Some have passion for a football club, some for a political party, and others etc. Here comes the question money can’t buy (yeah, not even a trillion Ghana cedis)?,Who has a passion for Ghana?.

I do,but I love my passion. It’s about time we started talking about Ghana. Tackle the loopholes in our education system and others, and not what the NDC did wrong. Tackle the bureaucracies in our civil service, and not whether so so and so minister caused financial loss to the state.

We need to talk about getting better as individuals, people and a nation. If we strive for own individual best at the expense of our communities, we stand to lose. Mr.President don’t ask me why, you know better. We can choose to be spectators or difference makers. But what will we want to spectate? Educative noise about who supports which political party?. I believe the film we all want to see is the one where we reach the Golden Age of Business.

The more we talk, the more we will know, and the more we will change. The malady of the ignorant is the ignorance of the ignorant. We need to send these dialogues of Ghana consciousness to the masses, to our workplaces, to our chop bars and to our social occasions. We need a mentality change, a belief in ourselves and a willingness to change for the better.

This is not a difficult thing to do, President. If we can hold national debate competitions and have hours of talk show programming, we can definitely start to debate and talk about Ghana in its best interest. It’s like having one political party where we don’t need to score political points. It’s the rule of decentralization. It’s a revolution without force, a passion without idleness and a state where we are on focused on moving up on the same page.

Do we really want a rich man who would come to power because his political party did the most advertising?, No!!!. Do we really want a man who is popular with us but not with the notion of Ghana getting better?,No!!!. Do we really want a man who does not inspire anyone to sit at the Flagstaff house?,No!!!, We need a leader who knows the way, shows the way and goes the way.

President Mahama, I can see people asking questions. You could lead by example, show the way and go the way. We need to inspire ourselves out of our mediocrity. We need to set bigger standards and do away with the sub-standards we have become used to. We need to move from our kiosks into supermarkets, from our chop bars into more Asanka Locals. Everybody is selling just to survive.

Change is good my friends. We are growing,we need to shun the backbiting, the verbal onslaughts, the bickering, and focus on our passion, Ghana. If our leaders would not do it, do not wait on them?.

Ibrahim Hardi 0208235615