The National Democratic Congress may be enjoying a honeymoon in keeping the ruling New Patriotic Party in check. Of course, that’s what politics is about. But politics is also about national security, participation and inclusiveness in surmounting challenges with regards to national development.
Such challenges include, we believe, the galamsey fight; the energy sector challenge we are now facing and those others which the NDC claims the ruling government has failed in delivering.
So, they [NDC] went to court last week. Their hopes fizzled as the court threw them out.
They have, however, reorganised, insisting that they would get back to the court for an appeal. The battle continues. In the regular media, social media and among NDC grassroots in Zongo and indigenous Accra communities, youth who love being bussed to sites to make noise are readying themselves for C50s and C100s packaged in match boxes. Where all these would lead us, only God knows.
Our worry, however, is the NDC’s constant reference to blood as expressed in Kume Preko, the May 9 tragedy and the War Veterans demonstration in the 40s, which culminated in series of agitations leading to our national independence.
As the NDC keeps the heat on government, questions ordinary citizens are asking themselves is how they can keep the agitations pure without turning the FixTheCountry into DestabiliseTheCountry.
As for the nation’s worries, we admit that they are numerous. But we must also admit that we have come a long way since John Mahama broke the pot and brought us down from an eight percent growth to a paltry three.
Since then it had been the challenge of a successful exit for which we must thank God and appreciate the incumbent government for making a mark. From there, we had to restructure the economy and the currency; initiate development and also generate jobs.
The next, government insists, is infrastructural development in roads and construction of health facilities. That should excite us, not gripe us. If that’s not a tall order for a typical African country, then Ghana is certainly not part of Africa. But the fact simply is that Ghana survived it all and excelled till the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world – with consequences that rang beyond our borders into our vaults.
Even in the face of that, we are told that Ghana became the world fastest growing economy. That shows progress and movement, not stagnation and gloom. But the NDC thinks otherwise, citing broken promises, without offering alternatives for resolving the Agyapa Deal, for instance.
Is it because someone or a group of persons in the NDC want a second term? Is it because someone or groups are peeved over their chances in a reformed NDC? Or, is it just to make the nation ungovernable into 2024?
We at The Thunder can only pray and hope that it doesn’t spill into blood in images that fuel the aspirations of actors and their children, while the Ahunu Hungars are dragged to the grave in ignominy. The NDC has a responsibility to prove us and Ghana wrong.