Thursday, December 5, 2013

Why will President Mahama be Ghana’s loneliest President? (Part IV)

Thursday, December 5, 2013
The only issues that may portray President Mahama as not enjoying the “company” that Kwesi Pratt envisions may be his inability to act firmly to give us a clear direction in which the government’s implementation of the NDC’s agenda of “Social Democracy” is moving the country.
For far too many times, policies have whittled away benefits meant for the people and created the impression that the government is insensitive. There is no clear departure from the past, which is unfortunate. Should policies lessen the pressure on the citizens, perceptions might change.

If President Mahama can be resolute enough to determine for himself how he wants to be remembered by Ghanaians and put in place policies and programmes with a long-lasting positive impact on national development and national consciousness, he should be disarming his political opponents and those people of little faith who rashly conclude that loneliness will be his lot at the end of the journey.
I have in mind the necessity for a legacy that he can bequeath to the country.  As of now, I haven’t seen anything that I can attribute to him. Is there any particular policy or programme that he has up his sleeves to implement and be remembered thereby because of its expected positive and long-lasting impact on the country? What is preventing him from setting it in motion?
I have in mind what is happening in the US with President Obama’s policy on health insurance. Despite the hiccups, the Obamacare is a major policy shift for which Obama will be remembered for good or bad. If for nothing at all, it distances him from all his predecessors and marks him out as someone with an initiative.
Does President Mahama have anything to mark him out as such? It is not prudent for him to be implementing anything anyhow. How will he be remembered by Ghanaians when he leaves the scene?
I think that’s where Kwesi Pratt’s claim comes in for further scrutiny. If President Mahama follows the herd mentality, he will end up unsung, absorbed in the herd and lost altogether. He needs to separate himself from the herd and lead us such that we can see where exactly he wants us to go.
That is why it is imperative for those advising him to separate the trees from the forest and remember that the President can’t be a jack of all trades. He will end being master of none. A wash-out!!
I know how difficult it is for him to work with all manner of people at the Presidency or elsewhere propounding theories and ramming down his throat, especially if he is surrounded by the “book long” people. So also is the problem posed by the parade of sycophants shouting themselves hoarse and engaged in all kinds of dances to catch his eyes and retain their perks.
Indeed, Ghanaian politics is fraught with disturbing intrigues. And for the President to scale through, he needs more than what he has been given so far. Nation building is not a one-man show, which is why those sitting on the fence and making the loudest, ugliest noises of disapprobation of everything coming from the Presidency have to be watched closely and put where they belong.
Sometimes, it is good to insist that no one should claim to be more Ghanaian than we all are. The unfortunate sequel, however, may be that when those who should help build Ghana stand aloof and turn themselves into the most adroit wolf-criers and “undercutters” ever lived, nothing done by the President will merit commendation.
They will waste their time praying hard that nothing works well for the President so in the end, they will conclude that he is a failure to be taunted. Then, they can comfortably claim that he is indeed lonely.
I am confident that President Mahama himself knows the enormity of the challenges facing him and that he will roll up his sleeves and do the job. Those who are willing to support him should do same and stop crying wolf.
Having just celebrated his 55th birthday, it is worthy of note to wish him well and reassure him of success at the end of the rough road if only he remains focused and determined to do what he is in office for. Every country gets the kind of leader it deserves in each historical epoch. It is his turn, and he must function as the proud leader of Ghana, even for those wishing him ill and thinking that he is fast preparing the grounds to be the loneliest President Ghana to think otherwise.
In the long run, even if disappointed or deserted by all those in whom he has reposed trust and confidence for nation building, he has his immediate family and admirers elsewhere to rely on for succour. He won’t be lonely in this life or the hereafter.  Never!! Loneliness is for those who fail; not those who have succeeded in achieving the ultimate to become the Number One Citizen of Ghana. Loneliness begone!!
I shall return…
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