Commentary | Aug 27, 2013

The Voice Of The People Is The Voice Of God

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was painfully detained for one year one month during the independence struggle. While in prison, he won decisively hands down in an election organized after the revered Justice Coussey commission of enquiry submitted its report. Following recommendations of this report, a series of riots and strike actions occurred in January, 1950 following Dr. Kwame Nkrumah's pro independence slogan of 'self government now' against the then British rule. Dr. Nkrumah and the CPP leadership were believed to be responsible for the series of strikes and riot actions, hence, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and over 200 CPP leaders were detained. The election, which was part of steps to implementing recommendations of the coussey commission report, was organized in three municipals; beginning with Accra on 8th April, 1950, Cape Coast on 12th June, 1950 and finally Kumasi on 4th November, 1950. Out of 23,122 votes, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah won with a whopping 22,780 votes, representing 98.52% of valid votes cast. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was subsequently released from prison with many other CPP leaders to form a new government.

Fellow Ghanaians, what is there to be learned from this story?

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was obviously the man of the people because he worked for them; he spoke their voice and proofed to be committed to the welfare and freedom of the people. He proclaimed self governance now to free the then Gold Coast from the insensitive slavery of the British rule. The electorate thus believed Nkrumah was detained because of them; they thus voted for him even though he was in prison.

One could also conclude safely that in the mist of worsening social and political injustice, untold economic hardships and in the winters and slippery of inhumane slavery, God Had Appointed Nkrumah Already (GHANA). All efforts made by individuals and institutions to suppress God's only anointed choice proofed futile.

It is the unyielding faith of many Ghanaians that the God that released Dr. Kwame Nkrumah from prison and entrusted Gold Coast, now Ghana, in his care is still alive. The God that listened to the voice of the people and allowed justice to flow naturally is still alive. We do not need to war.

In all that we do during this post election politicking, we must remember to hold in high esteem, the blood and toll of our fathers. Whoever God almighty destined to rule over this country shall still come to rule after long battles of political genocides!

Fellow Ghanaians, Foot Soldiers of development, compatriots of the land, Yong Patriots, Akatamansonians, Youth of Ghana, Unemployed Graduates Association; Let us not in a hurry to quench our thirst with the chilled waters of leadership do so with a terribly bitter calabash of war, for that in itself will inconvenience our taste of leadership far beyond our thirst for development. Let us remain calm as God all-knowing inspires HIS unlimited wisdom through the nine-panel of judges on the 29th of August, 2013. Let us have some level of trust in our institutions, especially the Supreme Court, and allow them to work as we continuously pray for God's wisdom and guidance. Let us remember in these trying moments that there are highly vulnerable citizens who's only most valuable asset is this peaceful living that we all are enjoying yet they listened to our manifestoes and voted for us accordingly. Must we now fight to the disturbance of the only peace that they enjoy? That would not be fair, to say the least.

Dear concerned and discerning Ghanaians, even though America is not our colonial masters, but let us try to marry the motto of our dearly beloved Ghana with the motto of the peaceful United States of America and give birth to: In God We Trust for Freedom and Justice.

Long Live Peace; Long Live Ghana!

Script By: Dabaga James
Bsc. Agribusiness Management 3
KNUST, Kumasi

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