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7 March 2018 | Feature Article

Are Black African Countries Able To Manage Their Own Affairs?

Are Black African Countries Able To Manage Their Own Affairs?

What a very tricky question to ask, if black African countries are able and capable of managing their own affairs? I can see myself wedged in-between a hard surface and the rock in my attempts to answer this question. However, I could have given a straight forward answer without the slightest hesitation if the question had been reframed as, are black African countries able to mismanage their own affairs, in which case I would have answered in the affirmative?

From empirical observations and in all frankness, black African countries in general are a total disgrace to themselves, to God and to their contemporary Whites when it comes to managing their own affairs to expectations that will bring prosperity, respect and glory to themselves and to God, as human beings.

In all too often, their leaders are corrupt, selfish and short-sighted and have the absurd fondness for amassing material wealth regardless of the adverse knock-on effect of their questionable behaviour on the prosperity of the entire population.

The Black African leaders are in most cases interested in wielding unruly powers. The men are interested in owning a fleet of expensive cars that their contemporary rich Whites will never dream of possessing. They love to have chains of mansions, and measure their popularity and power in terms of the number of beautiful wives and girlfriends they possess. What a very stupid African mentality! Everything can be falling apart around them like a pack of cards but as long as they have what they want, they do not give a hoot.

The African, especially Ghanaians, as I have come to know them through interactions, observations and reports by others, are too good as experts when it comes to dismantling the good thing someone, especially the Whites, have mounted or assembled for the benefit of all. I may go into the details of this in my future write-ups.

Who do we blame for the continuous despicable behaviour by our African leaders? We have to blame ourselves for not acting to stop them but sit down agape with arms folded around our chest saying, they are too powerful for me as a poor person to raise a voice against their beastly behaviours. Who tells you there is nothing that you can do? Is it not the little drops of water that make the mighty ocean? What you say and do in your little way can be a spark that can set things ablaze to engulf the African leaders who desire to behave as though we are still in the 17th Century where a King wielded absolute power to kill who they wanted when they wanted without anyone questioning their morality and source of power to do so.

As we blame the leaders, in much the same way, we have ourselves to blame for oftentimes being nonchalant. You will see those who think they are born not to challenge the leadership voicing their nonsensical views bordering on pure stupidity and cowardice when we write to express our genuine concerns, attacks, suggestions and advice. They come out stringing their few-worded sentences in comments attacking us as though they were not born of human beings but carved out of trees or woods.

Some African leaders are doing well. When you go to Rwanda, President Paul Kagame is doing his best for the nation and his people. When you go to Tanzania, President John Pombe Magufuli, nicknamed “Tanzania's 'Bulldozer”, a devout Catholic with a corruption-free reputation, is performing wonders unequalled in the annals of the 21st Century African countries. Yes, these are leaders we have to be proud of. Yes, these are leaders that are bringing smiles to the faces of the citizens of their countries. Yes, these are leaders who mean business and are farsighted. Yes, these are leaders needed to be applauded and given a pat on the back saying bravo, Mr President.

Back to Ghana, my motherland, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has a vision for the country and the people of Ghana. He has the same dreams as the two proud leaders of Africa just mentioned above. However, he seems to lack the degree of clout and style possessed by the two mentioned leaders.

Many are those saying his visions are becoming too much of talks than actions. They want him to walk the talk. As I once wrote in my publication, although we have three principal styles of leadership which are democrat, dictator and laissez faire; a good leader must exercise any of them depending on the situation in which they or their country find themselves at a particular moment. Although you may be strictly a democrat, if the ongoing circumstance at a moment demands that you apply dictatorial measure to resolve the problem, please do it. Should you still say I am a democrat so I cannot apply laissez faire or autocratic measures as the obligatory dose to cure an ailment that has cropped up that demands that type of medication, then you will fail as a leader?

How I wish and pray that His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, could for once consult President Paul Kagame and Paul Pombe Magufuli to learn their ways to replicate them in Ghana.

Does the bible not say in Proverbs 6:6 – “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise” and in Proverbs 26:16 – “The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can give a discreet answer”. These go to emphasise the importance of seeking advice and help from others that have experience to help you in whatever onerous task you are doing that requires expertise assistance from others.

Information reaching me from Ghana is not palatable at all. With the escalation of armed robberies, whether they are politically maliciously instigated or not, they pose insecurity that must be dealt with without any excuses of ifs or buts.

It is not for nothing that I advised since May 2017 that the President used the military to assist the police to fight the armed robbers. Insecurity can derail all the good achievements of a government to send the government out of power. They should count themselves luck that I volunteer free advice which a Security Expert or Consultant would have charged them for. I do so because I love my country and I supported Nana Addo to come to power so I am obliged to ensure he succeeds to bring glory to God, to the country and to his supporters.

To answer the question as to Black African countries being able to manage their own affairs, my answer is simply, not yet. They have a long way to go although about seventy years ago, the first President of Ghana, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, alleged that the Black man is capable of managing their own affairs. Surely, he will be writhing in his grave today seeing how Ghana that he started on a sound footing has descended into doldrums all because of the infatuation with corruption, selfishness, cronyism, nonchalance, embezzlement of State funds and assets, love of materialism and other vanities by the Ghanaian leadership.

Last but not the least, similar acts of malpractices, thus, confiscation of importers’ goods gone to accumulations of rent beyond their means to pay, are being discreetly sold but not auctioned, to party members at twenty times lower than the duty and rent cost the importer was being asked to pay but for which they could not afford.. How far is this true? If the things will be sold or auctioned at such lower price, why not give the importer, the owner of the goods, the first option to buy them? Do we know the repercussions of such silly actions bordering on pure thievery but indirectly meant to help party members illegally enrich themselves, on the country as a whole? Such importers who will not only become impoverished but also discouraged, will no longer import anything into the country. They may spread their unfortunate mishap to others to advise themselves when importing things into the country. When it does happen as said, is it not the country that suffers in the long run? Will the government be able to raise enough revenue from the ports if goods are no long being imported into the country?

Is the value of corruption now under NPP government led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo the same as it was under then President John Dramani Mahama’s NDC-led government where Carl Wilson was aided by Alex Segbefia to impound cars to dubiously auction them in seclusion to NDC members at peanut?

Should I get concrete proofs of such committals, I shall not hesitate to convey them to the attention of the President or publish them even though my attention should now be focused on writing my memoire which may or not, contain shocking revelations depending on how the Spirit of God will direct me.

His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has no excuse not to succeed. He wields the power and holds the cane so he had better crack the whip on the back of any of his numerous Ministers and Government appointees found to be lazy or sabotaging him. He also has the right to reshuffle them and sack those found not to be performing to expectation. If he fails to do so for reasons only best known to him and him only, then he only has himself to blame although his failure will culminate in enormous shame to all his ardent supporters including the son of Kumawu/Asiampa soil, Rockson Adofo.

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Rockson Adofo

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