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Opinions of Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Columnist: Iddrisu Abdul Hakeem

So far so good Mr President but...

The last time I stormed this platform with my open letter to the President of the Republic many who could not put their mediocrity and gullibility aside and just walked through my article without their sixth senses intact, thought I staged a verbal war to grammatically harass the president in order to cascade his efforts to make Ghana a home for her citizens.

Some even marketed their intellectual myopia when they accused me of being not worthy enough as a student to alert the government of their brilliant attempt to poison the minds of the good people of this country in order to carry out the diabolical agenda of looting the state with impunity manifested in the massive undertakings of their numerous pet projects they politically promised Ghanaians during the just ended campaign season.

Some also thought it was a slap on the face of the president when I used the “concubine analogy” to ask him the brilliant question regarding the government’s ability to maintain fiscal discipline in spite of the wanton expenditure showcased in their attempt to honor the mouthwatering promises they made during the historic 2016 elections that won us the accolade of being the beacons of “Abraham Lincoln” with envious democratic credentials in Africa.

I never accused the president of being corrupt personally (he’s been in wealth since childhood) or having concubines as understood by few who read my previous article. I only asked him questions per what is trending among the rank file of the citizens.

But what is crystal clear is the fact that, no man, unless someone with dysfunctional genitals, can be in the position of the president as a son of a full Head of State during his salad days as a young man without having to select the best among the numerous women who undoubtedly used to queue for him. He could have had a stable libido but there was no where he could escape the inescapable reality of many ladies flirting around him to catch his attention as a son of a Head of State, both abroad and at home.

The point I want to make here before my mid-semester exam is that, the President, in my humble opinion, might have foreseen his death as a septuagenarian and want to chew more than he can swallow by embarking on honoring all his promises, so that, in case he is not being able to finish their implementation and happen to visit the silent ones, he would go with the accolade of being the best president under his belt, for successfully marshalling the country in the right direction which many could not do for donkey’s years.

The president would never be forgotten in the memories of both living and unborn Ghanaians if he is able to sustain the massive projects he is embarking upon with his team.

However, if not something is after the president, aside his claim of being in “hurry”, I don’t see why he should be gambling with the destiny of our dear nation by attempting to kick, head, and chest different balls at the same time!

The Government Titanic struggle to implement all their policies within one year of the four years mandate Ghanaians gave them is something fishy that no concerned Ghanaian requires a dwarf from Pluto to point out to him or her.

And for those who simply comment in the direction of their stomachs or refuse to consult their mental faculties before denigrating the humble views of other citizens should consider this example from a layman’s perspective: assuming you have given yourself four hours to convey your furniture out of a room. Would it be commonsensical to put your locker, television, sofas, kitchen utensils, etc. on your bed in order to push them out at once?

Even if you are able to push the bed with all these other items on top, you won’t find way out of the room; the door would thwart your effort.

That is exactly I think what this government is doing. I am a scholar and I want the rapid development of Africa not Ghana alone. But for someone to attempt to develop it in a quite suspicious way that would end up creating the false and stinking impression of doing something profound is what I am against.

We wish the President well in his big dreams even if it is deception. A leader dares! But the president should convince us of the feasibility of these hastily “massive developmental revolution” he is bringing to us because politicians as one scholar said are like diapers, they must all be checked and changed at all the time and for the same reason.

It could be a delusion to galvanize the brains of gullible Ghanaians in 2020 because his communicators shall not miss the opportunity to enumerate all these projects whether they are successful or not, and “any idiot”, as Manasseh Azure wrote, can cut the sod for gazillions of unsustainable projects promised in campaign manifesto!

The flagship free senior high policy we should remember, has just only started with first years, look at the helter-skelter is creating in the various public senior high schools across the country. The government could even be earning more enemies than sympathizers with these political gimmick projects.
How many government workers are in arrears starring the government in the face to pay them what is their due? Why would the president force down his own throat what is optional?

Mr. President, Ghanaians trusted you in the first place and gave you the mandate to be the custodian of their affairs, so no right thinking Ghanaian would have accused you of peddling campaign falsehood if you decided to undertake some of these projects in your second year after mobilizing the requisite resources.

By undertaking almost all the projects you promised in the first year of your term brings to question your shenanigan analysis of the state of our economy which you claimed was on its knees!

It is therefore clear that something “callous” is behind your track load of confidence and undiminished enthusiasm to get them all implemented within one year and I don’t need PhD as an observing student to call your attention to this, Mr. President.

Mr. President what you are doing is “over competence and confidence”, and too much of everything as you know is dangerous because you told us, through your able Vice President in his multiple economic lectures as a running mate then, about the dangers associated with the “reckless (too much) borrowing” of your predecessor! Mr. President, and we would not sit aloof and watch you gamble with our destiny as the next leaders of our dear republic.