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The Fall of Vincent Dabilgou: A Call for African Youth to Rise Against Corruption

By Joel Samuel Ndede
Article The Fall of Vincent Dabilgou: A Call for African Youth to Rise Against Corruption
FRI, 14 JUN 2024 LISTEN

Greetings, fellow Africans and Ghanaians,
In recent days, a powerful video has circulated on social media, capturing a poignant moment of accountability. It shows the brave youth of Burkina Faso confronting Vincent Dabilgou, their former Minister of Transport, for embezzlement of public funds. This incident, where Dabilgou faced the fury of his people in broad daylight, has resonated deeply across our continent, particularly in Ghana. Even here, leaders from the ruling NPP government and everyday citizens have shared the video, often with a tone of mockery rather than introspection.

As I watched this unfold, I couldn’t help but feel a deep sadness for Africa’s future. Our continent is rich in resources and potential, yet it is shackled by the greed, heartlessness, and corruption of many of our leaders. Countries like Ghana are suffering under the weight of lawlessness, public funds embezzlement, and the betrayal of trust by those who should protect and serve us.

A Warning to Ghana's Leaders
To the politicians and public officials of Ghana, let Dabilgou’s fate serve as a stern warning. Do not be quick to laugh at his public humiliation, but instead, take it as a lesson and a call to change your ways. The youth of Ghana may seem patient, but our patience is not limitless. We are not afraid to rise up and defend our rights, our resources, and our democracy. If you continue to plunder our public funds and drag our country into economic hardship and chaos, rest assured that a day of reckoning is inevitable.

Consider the state of our nation under the current NPP government. We have witnessed unprecedented levels of unemployment, skyrocketing inflation, and a currency in freefall. The recent scandal involving Madam Cecilia Dapaah, the former Minister of Sanitation, who was found with millions of dollars hidden in her bedroom, is a glaring example of the corruption that has permeated our leadership. Despite these serious allegations, our judiciary and ruling government have done little to bring justice.

The Role of Youth in Shaping the Future

As the youth of Ghana, we face immense challenges due to the actions of these corrupt leaders. Yet, we also hold immense power. It is time for us to rise and hold our leaders accountable. It is time for us to protect our nation from those who seek to exploit it for their selfish gains.

We must stand united, vigilant, and ready to act. We must demand transparency, accountability, and integrity from those who hold public office. If our institutions continue to fail us, if our judiciary remains complicit, and if our government does not change course, we will be forced to take matters into our own hands. The beating of Vincent Dabilgou is a stark reminder that people will only endure so much before they strike back against injustice.

A Call for Immediate Action
This is not just a message; it is a call to action. We must no longer tolerate the abuse of power and the embezzlement of our public funds. We must defend our rights and ensure that our leaders serve the people, not their own interests. The future of Ghana, and indeed Africa, depends on us standing up against these so-called nation wreckers.

To all the corrupt officials and politicians in Ghana, heed this warning: change your ways or face the consequences. The youth are watching, and we are ready to fight for our future. We will no longer be silent in the face of your greed and lawlessness. Your days of unchallenged power are numbered.

Our Commitment to a Brighter Future
Together, let us build a Ghana where justice prevails, where public funds are used for the betterment of all, and where the youth can thrive. Let us work towards a future where leaders are held accountable, and corruption is a thing of the past. We owe it to ourselves, to our families, and to the generations to come.

The time to act is now. Rise up, fellow Ghanaians, and let us protect our nation from those who seek to destroy it.

BY Joel Samuel Ndede
President, The Arise - Youth Movement (TAYM)
Email: [email protected]

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