Last Monday would go into the annals of Democracy and our history as a sad day. It was not an Atubiga or the allegedly senile Papavi who ridiculously misled a whole band of youth in the Volta Region to rebel against the sovereignty of Ghana as traditional authorities looked the other way.
And, it was not a case of Teshie youth, during a Homowo festival, expressing dissent at traditional leaders for their poor governance systems that tolerate women and men looking into one another’s eyes and doing it along the quiet beach stretch – bentua in hand, sometimes.
This was an incident that involved serious matters about the sovereignty of the nation and the constitutional authority of our Supreme Court. But it is also about the Rule of Law and its other twin brother which is Law and Order. We cannot have one, without the other.
The big gavel
Little wonder that the angry Supreme Court justices dropped, with a huge thud, their gavel of disappointment on the peccadilloes of a major player on the political scene, but also a major player in the nation’s legislature, who had elected to mess the sanctity of the courts.
That we had seen such an instance before and that we failed to learn from it was enough reason why we had ourselves being embarrassed as politicians but also as leaders in governance, who should be setting examples in being civil and responsible.
Sowing to the wind, reaping the whirlwind
While the court was treated to some fun away from the stress and suspense characterizing the running proceedings, it becomes relevant treating ourselves in retrospect on the quotation by Tsatsu Tsikaka in making a statement which he sought to lace with sowing and reaping from the Bible – except that it blew into their own face.
Politics, since the National Democratic Congress under Mahama, had become dirty and violent. Particularly during the 2012 Election Petition, we experienced some of these excesses that bordered on criminality. Media boys, without any serious station in life, threatened Supreme Court judges in lurid lingo.
Of course, there were others who belonged who were corrected by the justices in 2012. And we thought we all had learnt our lessons.
Scapegoat Dr. Ayine’s nokofioo politics
Unfortunately on Monday, February 22, 2021, it was not any of the NDC’s barking dogs in Parliament or those in communications on the streets. It was those who were sent from the NDC kingpins after the general elections to the precincts of the Electoral Commission. It was a member of Ghana’s legislature and former Attorney-General, among other credentials.
Sad, but that is the kind of politics those in the NDC particularly have been advocating up till this time. And it is all because we want to satisfy the inordinate appetite of one man with a mission to govern Ghana and the NDC by force.
For now, it is Dr. Ayine who is the obvious scapegoat for the dead goat. It is, however, the opinion of The Thunder that our leaders of today at all levels need to do better by leaving the next generation a legacy of truth and morality in every sphere of national life.
We cannot do the things that were tolerable in the days of the PNDC and get globally plausible results. We cannot all turn barking dogs in politics when we all know that argument or debate is the accepted norm, instead of force.
After having his nose rubbed in the mud, we believe Dr. Ayine will lead in advocating for decency in his party as we all get used to the truth that Ghana or governance, for that matter, will only thrive on policy, the rule of law as well as law and order.
We must crucify chaos and imbibe honest debate. That’s the way to go, according to the Supreme Court.