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General News of Monday, 16 July 2018

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Leave Mahama alone, focus on how to move the nation forward – Manasseh Awuni to NPP

It has become a cliché and rather annoying, the constant attribution of problems in the country to the inefficiency of the previous government especially when all the dents in the system were quite evident before the 2016 polls, Ace Investigative Journalist, Manasseh Awuni Azure has said.

Mr. Azure, in an epistle to member of the New Patriotic Party, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko following the latter’s message in a Facebook post to the former president, John Dramani Mahama expressed utmost disappointment in the ruling government’s performance since its coming into power.

Mr. Otchere-Darko told the former President to “shush” as government attempts to manage the ‘crisis’ his administration left the economy in after Mahama criticized the government over speculations there may be an increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) and National Health Insurance Levy (NHIL), in the Mid-Year Budget Review.

Manasseh, however in his response accused the ruling government of veering-off the course they guaranteed the Ghanaian populace and rather engaging in unnecessary blame-games, faulting their predecessors for their woes and sitting aloof while things worsen in the country

He said, President Akufo-Addo knew exactly the state of affairs when he made bold, profound pledges to citizens to ‘fix’ Ghana if he was given the chance to.

According to him, “Mahama is responsible for his failures and successes, and Akufo-Addo is responsible for his. Comparing Akufo-Addo's regime to the failures of the Mahama era is an admission of failure on the part of Akufo-Addo. To blame the hardships of today on what happened yesterday is a lame excuse, because Akufo-Addo and his team told us in 2016 to get rid of Mahama so that they would fix our country. His promises were not conditional. He did not speak with water in his mouth. He spoke clearly and we heard him. And he did not speak with strong wine in his head. He was sober. He knew and believed what he was saying. And we believed him and gave him our mandate”.

Several months into their administration and very little can be seen, he noted.



“But Nana Akufo-Addo is yet to provide that leadership spark that some of us anticipated. His no-nonsense disposition, which made some of us believe he could use to whip this wayward nation into line, appears to be deceptive and overhyped. There is nothing transformational and inspirational about what we have seen so far. Please, I know about free education, but do you remember under Mahama I wrote an article saying any idiot could borrow, build and brag? Well, it doesn't take a genius to dip his hands into the national purse or increase taxes to pay fees for high school students”.

“Some of us still see the gloomy clouds of corruption, hopelessness and hardship that took over the skies of our miserable Republic in 2016. Those clouds are getting even darker. Many people are losing hope in Akufo-Addo. And in Ghana”, he continued.

It would do them a lot better he said, if they would “leave John Mahama alone and use the effort you and your people spend in reminding us about his flaws to help Nana Akufo-Addo and his team to save this nation. The government's accusations of wrongdoings in the Mahama regime are now becoming very annoying and irritating to the ears”.

Below is his full statement:

Manasseh Azure writes

Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, my good friend, you know my position on the Mahama administration has never been hidden. My ratings for that regime are very low and I stated that on countless occasions when he was in office. But Mahama is responsible for his failures and successes, and Akufo-Addo is responsible for his. Comparing Akufo-Addo's regime to the failures of the Mahama era is an admission of failure on the part of Akufo-Addo.



To blame the hardships of today on what happened yesterday is a lame excuse, because Akufo-Addo and his team told us in 2016 to get rid of Mahama so that they would fix our country. His promises were not conditional. He did not speak with water in his mouth. He spoke clearly and we heard him. And he did not speak with strong wine in his head. He was sober. He knew and believed what he was saying. And we believed him and gave him our mandate.

But Nana Akufo-Addo is yet to provide that leadership spark that some of us anticipated. His no-nonsense disposition, which made some of us believe he could use to whip this wayward nation into line, appears to be deceptive and overhyped. There is nothing transformational and inspirational about what we have seen so far. Please, I know about free education, but do you remember under Mahama I wrote an article saying any idiot could borrow, build and brag? Well, it doesn't take a genius to dip his hands into the national purse or increase taxes to pay fees for high school students.

So instead of continually making reference to what some of you said was a monumental failure of the Mahama administration, concentrate on how to move this nation forward. Let's not say it's too early to want to see concrete action on the part of Akufo-Addo. A chick that would eventually grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it is hatched. But I have watched very hard and do not see any glimmer of hope.

Some of us still see the gloomy clouds of corruption, hopelessness and hardship that took over the skies of our miserable Republic in 2016. Those clouds are getting even darker. Many people are losing hope in Akufo-Addo. And in Ghana. All the independent-minded people I know, who had very high hopes in Candidate Akufo-Addo in 2016, now sing a unanimous chorus: "We thought he would be different."

Akufo-Addo may not have been worse than Mahama, but some of us are not doing comparison. Each leader comes with his own expectations and we will hold him to the standards he espoused and the hopes he aroused.



So leave John Mahama alone and use the effort you and your people spend in reminding us about his flaws to help Nana Akufo-Addo and his team to save this nation. The government's accusations of wrongdoings in the Mahama regime are now becoming very annoying and irritating to the ears. As long as the alleged criminals of the Mahama regime are walking as free men and women, the NPP's continuous accusations against them will always sound as ridiculous as the musings of Kofi Kagyingyi, one of the most celebrated drunkards to ever live in Kete-Krachi.

Please, don't ask me for further details because on Monday, my Folder will contain more.

Here's your friend and citizen,

Manasseh Azure Awuni.