To the overly religious Ghanaian, our fate as a people reside in the hands of God. This obviously is not a refutable fact. However, we are as good as we let our leaders make us to be. It is not without observation that politicians control the development and general well-being of their people.
Whether we would want to admit it or not, the truth of the matter is politicians have always had their ways with us, the people. And the seemingly lack of checks and balances on those who govern us is the reason we are where we are today.
In every democratic dispensation, the people are said to hold all the power. But look around you today, do you see such power in the ordinary people? Obviously we have managed to rewrite the tenets of democracy in our part of the world, reneging our constitutional rights to the elite, who obviously don’t care much about our plight.
When I hear politicians make utterances such as ‘the Volta region is the world bank of the National Democratic Congress” or the contrast of the latter ‘the Ashanti region is the world bank of the New Patriotic Party’ I just can’t help my anger. And then it got me thinking, are we here because as a people we have failed to keep those who govern us in checks?
I believe politicians have taken us for granted and this is so by our (the people) doing. If a particular region can be tagged as the ‘World Bank’ of a particular political party (which is not far from the truth), it goes a long way to show how we have failed ourselves as a people.
The people vote for a political candidate, regardless of what he/she is bringing to the table. You just have to belong to party A or B and you will automatically earn the calling in a particular region. It should therefore not be a surprise when the people seem to be where they have started from.
We can cry all we want, we can complain for all we have, if we continue to follow political parties like a religion what we have, what we have always had will be the same; underdevelopment, unemployment, lack of basic amenities and so forth and so on.
It is time for us to wake up and take back our constitutional rights, which is our power. Let’s begin to question politicians based on what they have given us and what they intend to give us. Let’s open our minds to different perspectives and opinions.
The people must sieve the politicians and their ideas and let through those who have the potential to transform their fate.
Enough of the religious voting, enough of being the ‘World bank’ of a political party while the people are wallowing in abject poverty. Enough is enough, let’s demand accountability in order to transform our lives.