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Opinions of Monday, 8 February 2016

Columnist: Hardi, Ibrahim

Open letter to president Mahama.

Your Excellency Happy New Year! In this New Year I wish you wisdom, good health and visionary leadership beyond parochial partisan interest for a change. As you start the year it is important to realize that power belongs to the people while every life matters and its only God who has dominion over it.

Your mandate to rule this country country is under a microscopic view of both the international democracy movements and progressive patriotic citizens who holds real power and have the liberty of not only resisting but recalling your Presidency if found inimical to their virtues. It’s the same citizens that voted against Npp led by Nana Akufo Addo in 2008 when the regime of Former president Kufour time of office was over and repeated same in 2012 general election.

Sir, the expectation of every responsible patriotic citizen is to see that,you our nations’ leaders are paragons of virtue and strength, ever striving to better the populace’s lot in life and aid the country’s economic and social progress and not self seeking hoping to thrive through political manipulations. The reality of investing billions of poor tax payers’ money in buying amoral souls turned politicians of fortunes for your much wished political solidarity at the expense of addressing some pressing socio-economic woes of people nearly 80 percent in abyss of poverty is a dangerous act with potential of delivering you unmatched national crisis unless you stop it now. You expend billions of Ghana cedis on a few political vagabonds but what of the 25 million valiant Ghanaians who see every wrong in this callous waste.

I’m alive to the fact that in this era of highly flawed postulation of Nana Addo's self seeking agenda tabloid in his turn-coat partisan role as an unpatriotic Ghanaian, it is easy to believe that you are invincible – and go on with these wasteful political schemes designed to legitimize your continuance in power should citizens revolt against hopelessness and hollow decrees they are fatigued from. It’s the same resolved Ghanaians that defied all schemes of violence under repressive Nana Akuffo Addo in 2008 that brought the ndc government led by the late president Atta Mills to power and your first term scheme in 2012. Remember that the nonviolent Ghanaians organized massively behind a “No” vote against the arrogant and failed leadership then, skillfully using the mass media to promote positive images of change. Today the same Ghanaians stand to repudiate a failed regime found to be asphyxiating their hard earned nascent democracy.

We had 8 years ruled into the terror-ridden dictatorship of Former president Kufour from 2001-2008 without a break from its violent repression and no normal Ghanaian has fragrance for that period again except amoral political vultures of fortune. Kindly beware of crossing the red line in your pursuit of these political vultures and reversing Ghana's gain. To think valiant Ghanaians have no qualms about dealing with the failed leadership in public servants is being too simplistic and dangerously ignoring history at home and abroad. You have to still stand on your grounds and enforce the measures put in place to ensure that,corruption is minimize at that sectors.

Remember that during the hour of adversity some of these our bigwigs politicians who are enjoying at the top now once run away from our tribulations when few of them have to resolved fully for another self emancipation duty. All said, I would be unpatriotic to end without advising you that most of our party communicators like Ibraham Amaliba,Dr. Omani Boamah,Sam George are immature, irrational and a dangerously disillusioned communicators not helping you by any measure. Today everywhere you go Ghanaians know like never before that your Presidency and coterie of lawless supporters on the loose have nothing progressive for Ghana.

Sir!,you have an opportunity to prove wrong all your critics and prophetic voices that forewarned the risk we were making to our nascent democracy under your mandate in the presidency. It is a constitutional right for patriotic Ghanaians to redeem the future of their democracy and its security now on the line. Sadly, you hardly got any wise and competent political machinists in Ndc line-up with proven people skills and tactical damage control abilities. The only professional and wise leaders like Kofi Portuphy, John Asiedu Nketia, and Kofi Adams are all but completely marginalized and silenced by clueless ministers in cabinet. The likes of Ibraham Amaliba, Omani Boamah, Solomon Nkansah and immature Sam George are all but diabolical reactionaries every time they appear on national issues; increasingly they are alienating your presidency from a critical mass of Ghanaians exponentially mounting on the opposite side of the divide.

Whatever you do, don’t forget that at all level of our human endeavors yet again as it were in 1990 and 2000 we all have a moral and patriotic duty to reclaim our destiny and virtues in a democracy despicably again under siege. Ghana is bigger than President John Mahama and the parochial Ndc idea of absolutism you have launched through better Ghana agenda.

Mr. President your matching orders through better Ghana vindicates those who say when all enters the declining phase; wisdom and national interest in some people are all but lost. It’s therefore not strange to see such unconcealed parochial interest clipping in Ndc this early. I know that you ascended to power on trial basis without clear plans but lies now haunting your regime. In developed countries where they are serious politicians, the question ask is the economy and ethics matter, Ndc would have been classified as a counterfeit regime and long recalled. Therefore never stand in the ways of democracy because it gives you a better opportunity to understand your flaws and deficiencies hence creating useful alarm bells and some safety valves for pressure release before an implosion.

Regardless of how powerful you think you have become, real power belongs to the people and not gun trotting police units, tear gas canisters or in schemes of expending billions of poor citizens’ tax money on buying out political solidarity that never were.

Let democracy reign, food insecurity end, national revenue ploughed in causes of common good instead, our natural resources create real opportunities and wealth for our forgotten but cheated youths yearly offloaded in a futureless market place only creating a dangerous army of a revolutionaries. Please end political circus now because you do not have a luxury of time but to win the approval of Ghanaians in democracy through delivery of some measurable socio-economic gains for all. Power belong to the people who determine national destiny. Ibrahim Hardi,contact 0208235615,Email;