Fri, 15 Sep 2023 Opinion

NDC is not hungry enough for power

By Ismail Faruk
NDC is not hungry enough for power

All over the world, the freedom gained and progress made are due to the activities of non-conformists who insist that the right thing be done in the interest of the masses. No oppressor willingly grants rights to the oppressed on a silver platter. The great Kwame Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Nelson Mandela, Jemo Kenyata, and Mahama Ghandi of Ghana, Zambia, South Africa, Kenya, and India, respectively, just to mention a few, sacrificed their comfort, sweat, and blood to secure the freedom their countries deserve. In a country where oppression becomes the norm—human rights suppression, violations of the law with impunity, intimidation, and harassment of the citizens using state institutions—the citizens have only two options. They either chose their comfort and remained in silent pain, or they sacrificed their freedom, even to some extent their lives, to have the situation changed for generations to come. It seems the NDC has rather chosen the former.

The NDC's hunger for power, like that of a group of people who are determined to defy all odds to politically unseat an authoritarian regime, has not met my expectations. The NDC seems to be comfortable in opposition. I must admit that the current leadership is more determined than before, but their activism requires being much more radical to overcome a desperate and sophisticated mafia. Where are the "Boot for Boot and "Do or Die" promised to the grassroots?

I thought "Do or Die " was meant to stand against the government, which misapplied the laws to muscle the citizens into submission in order to remain in power and continue with their loot and mismanagement. Reference to this kind of incident could be made to the Techiman South, Amanfi West, Ablekuma Central massacres in the 2020 election. Grassroots members, most of whom have never personally benefited from the NDC both in power and in opposition, were injured, and some even died in the name of protecting the party and our democracy. So I was shocked when I realized that members of Parliament who have enjoyed enough through the party and will have more to gain when the NDC wins the next election are afraid of embarking on a common demonstration because of police water cannons and tear gas. Is this the "Boot for Boot and "Do or Die"? You are promising "Do or Die" and you are afraid of hot water? The police are abusing their authority, and the minority is cooperating with them. They failed the first test of "Do or Die" If they will not come out for us to do the "Boot for Boot" and the "Do or Die" together during the 2024 election, no one is coming out. The minority said they are just abiding by the law; which law? Have the governor and his cronies abided by the law? Had the EC abided by the law when it declared results six times? Is the EC abiding by the law when it disregards a court injunction to go ahead with the registration exercise against all voices of conscience? Isn't it clear to you that the law is not working under this regime? "For every action (force) in nature, there must be an equal and opposite reaction to achieve balance." Issac Newton. Tell me you simply fear hot water, period! Today, the route and venue of the demonstration have changed. Now where is the political pressure meant to be put on the governor to resign when you are in an obscure corner making noise?

The NDC and other well-meaning Ghanaians should have to wake up from their slumber to the painful reality that Ghana is under siege by the Akyem Mafia. All the critical state institutions that are supposed to ensure equity, fairness, the protection of human rights, and the socio-economic well-being of Ghanaians are politically captured. Ghana is now run by a mafia organization, so nobody should expect to get the right thing done rather than what satisfies the interests of the mafia, irrespective of its consequences for the larger and helpless citizens. You can't win against the mafia with diplomacy, conformity, radio talk shows, press releases, and conferences. A good-boy attitude can't win. If you are going into a contest against someone who proves to be criminal, you have to be more criminal than the person to succeed.

Let the NDC, minority members of parliament, other political parties, civil society organizations, and well-meaning Ghanaians make the street busy. In addition to going to court, which today is a mere formality, and holding press conferences, we should also occupy the streets and any institution whose management is not serving the interests of the citizens and demand their immediate resignation or dismissal. Let's sacrifice our comfort, work, contracts, and even blood where necessary in defense of our rights, the sanctity of state institutions, and our democracy. If others have done it for us even before the Gold Coast when they were not enlightened, why can't we do it for our generation? Let the patriots talk, act, fight, and sacrifice. Let the nation's wreckers remain unconcerned and enjoy their comfort.

I shall return, Somaisonka.