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Opinions of Friday, 11 February 2005

Columnist: Aidoo, Prince Junior

Ghana to witness the second coming of Nkrumah in 2008

Fellow men and women of Ghana, please lend me your ears. The New African is to announce to you after 40 (forty) years in the wilderness that the second coming of Kwame Nkrumah is inevitable due to the ongoing painful and disgraceful performance of our political leaders. They have failed our motherland. They will face the wrath of the powerful leader they have ever come up against. Fellow countrymen, you have seen their poor performances since they took over the leadership of this country on 24th February 1966, a day that will forever be seared in the national consciousness.

After this painful episode in our history, Ghanaians thought they were set free from neo-colonialism, corruption, nepotism, tribalism and dictatorship, and rightfully expected a new leader with vision, a leader with wisdom, a leader with compassion, a God-fearing leader, a leader who is not selfish, a leader who is opposed to tribalism, nepotism, a leader with charisma, a leader who is not corrupt, a leader who can motivate his people, a courageous leader, a leader who is not a thief, a leader who does not tell ?LIES? to his people just to win their votes, a leader with compassion. Fellow men and women of Ghana, is that what we see from any of our politicians and leaders of this country today after 49 years?

Today?s politicians after 49 years of independence share the same characteristics; intellectual arrogance, deceitful and corrupt. With these character traits, they have toyed with our hopes, destroyed our nation, and tarnished our good name. Sadly, they have succeeded to a large extent in making tribalism an ugly feature in our society. The victims in all this are our children whose hopes for a bright future grow dimmer everyday. By their greed and corruption, the politicians have deprived our children of basic healthcare and a decent education. Our farmers and fishermen, tradesmen are also victims: day in and day out, they are forced to feed the nation tilling the earth with rudimentary technology, and yet they are deprived of decent living and healthcare. As Ghanaians are forced to deal with declining living standards, armed robbery and other crimes have hit the stratosphere. And our leaders, from all indications, seem to be lost in a sandstorm, groping for answers. They have no visions.

Millions of dollars squandered by numerous politicians and leaders cannot be accounted for, neither can any president hold the embezzlers accountable because their hands are also stained. Many industries that were established before 1966 have been abandoned or sold to favourites creating higher rates of unemployment. The only Airline of the country has been left to collapse, and about to be sold without anyone being held responsible for the gross mismanagement of the airline.

In 1972 men and women were tortured, and some leaders slaughtered like goats ostensibly to make the nation better. Yet ironically, the country declared HIPC after borrowing massively from International financial institutions. Folks, the unpleasant fact is that these debts will have to be serviced?paid with interest from our paltry foreign exchange earnings. What have our children learned from these wicked, selfish, murderers, hypocrites, liars, and above all corrupt leaders? Have we learned our lessons? Fellow countrymen, I am happy to be here and to inform you that at long last your dream for a liberal democracy in Ghana will come true only with a party that is committed to the welfare of Ghanaians, and this party is the GSDM. Its policies shall be the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. The vision of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah shall not pass until his real meaning of ?Freedom and Justice? is spelled out. Fellow countrymen, 49 years ago, this Great African, in whose symbolic shadow we stand, signed the Independence Proclamation at the polo ground in Accra on the 6th March 1957. This momentous decree came as a great beacon of hope to millions of Ghanaians who had been seared in the flames of withering colonial injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity when this African Dr. Kwame Nkrumah said: ?Fellow countrymen, your beloved country Ghana is Free forever?. But 49 (forty nine) years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Ghanaian is still not ?FREE?. 49 years later, the life of the average Ghanaian is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of corruption, murder, wickedness, discrimination and tribalism. The proclamation of ?Freedom and Justice? was like a nightmare. 49 years later, the average Ghanaian lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. Forty nine years later, the average Ghanaian is still languishing in the corners of imperialist and neo-colonialist society and finds himself in exile in his own land. Begging the same imperialist for a living is the political agenda. The national identity and pride is almost lost forever. Today, we have come to our nation's capital to demand at all cost what has been stolen from the people of Ghana which is their ?Freedom and Justice?. This note was a promise that every Ghanaian citizen would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, justice, accountability, security, free education and the rule of law and social democracy. It is obvious today that Ghana has leaders who have defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens are concerned. Instead of honouring this sacred obligation, disgruntled politicians have given the Ghanaian a bad check which has come back marked "insufficient justice." But the New African refuses to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to accept that there is insufficient justice in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to demand our ?Freedom and Justice? check that our forefathers promised us. A check that will give us upon demand, the riches of freedom, and the security of justice. We have also come to remind Ghanaians of the fierce urgency of ?Justice Now? with all the dangers than slavery in tranquillity.? Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of freedom and justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all Ghanaians. Now is the time to lift our nation from the political and tribal injustice to the solid rock of love and brotherhood. It would be fatal for the Ghanaian to overlook the urgency of the New Africans intervention and not to underestimate the determination of his new uprising. This Ghanaian legitimate discontent, will not pass until there is freedom and equality. 49 years is not an end, but a beginning. Those who had hoped that the average Ghanaian needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to Freedom and Justice as usual. There will be neither be rest nor tranquillity in Ghana until the average Ghanaian is granted his freedom, justice and true social democratic rights. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with peaceful force. Our bitter political history which has impacted the Ghanaian community must not lead us to forget and trust the colonial master whose aim and objective is nothing but to cheat, oppress our national pride and our political emancipation. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until freedom, social justice, accountability and democracy roll down like the waters of a mighty stream. No, we shall not be satisfied until Ghanaians are capable of managing their own affairs. No, we shall not be satisfied until Africans realise that we can unite and break our tradition, culture, language, economic, social and political differences. Go back to Tamale, go back to Volta, go back to Navorongo, go back to Lome, go back to the slums and ghettos of our central regions, knowing that somehow this horrible living condition of our children who are deprived of basic education and health care, can and will be changed if we realise that we are united as one nation and one destiny putting aside prejudice, tribalism, hatred, nepotism, criminality, discrimination and wickedness, and above all corruption and lies. Let us not wallow in the valley of anger despair. I say to you today, fellow countrymen, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a ?Vision?. It is a vision deeply rooted in my dream. I have a vision that one day the youth of this nation will rise up and live out to the true meaning of its ?Freedom and Justice?. ?We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men and women of Ghana were created equal?. I have a vision that one day there shall be harmony among all religions regardless of beliefs and that we will all share a common ideology that is our motherland GHANA. I have a vision that one day Muslims, Christians, Buddhist, Catholics, Protestants and any other religion in Ghana forge a united front so long as they all really believe in one God, and lift the flag of Ghana up once again. My vision is that, long before the next general elections, the GSDM will present a leader who will lead and guide the nation through its struggles. Ghanaians, will for the first time, see a courageous leader who will not shy away from the truth, and finally, this politician, I assure you, will be bear the mantle of Kwame Nkrumah with great pride. I have a vision that one day Ghana will be transformed into a situation where little boys and girls will be able to enjoy ?Free education? as promised by their father Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, and they will walk together as sisters and brothers with smiling faces and proud to be Ghanaians. I have a vision that one day every talent shall be tapped for development, every village shall be turned into a city, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked and wicked minded people will be made straight, and they shall see that God is good. This should be the hope of the New African. With this faith we will be able to re-write our history of slavery and pick up the pieces. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood and love. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom and justice together, knowing that Ghana will attain its true freedom, democracy and social justice one day. So let us stand up as united Ghanaians and sing the song of ?Freedom and Justice?. Let the bell of freedom and justice ring from the north, east, west and south of Ghana. Let the bell of freedom ring in the ears of our brothers and sisters who the imperialist took into captivity some 500 years ago and who are still yearning to see their motherland one day. Fellow Ghanaians, fellow Africans, the time has come for you to raise your voices like a trumpet and tell the wicked Ghanaian politicians to shape up or be shipped out of their cocoons.Yes tell them that in due course we shall turn to see the other side of the coin. God bless you. Long live Africa. Long live Ghana. Forward ever, backwards never. Thank you.

Statement by:

Prince Aidoo Junior (Evangelist)
Ghana Social Democratic Movement
Germany.


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