Interesting piece from George Ayittey. I have often found some of his speeches and writings too idealistic with no concrete ways to proceed but this is a piece well-written that elicits a lot of thought, no matter your stance.
Highlight of article: “Ghana is bigger than John Mahama and Nana Akufo-Addo.” Ghana does not belong to the NDC nor the NPP. John Mahama garnered only 50.7 percent, meaning nearly half the people did not vote for him. And not all those who did not vote for him are NPP. This is not a NDC versus NPP issue. It is the future of Ghana as a nation, which is at stake. Therefore, whatever we do today must be done right for the sake of our country, its reputation, our children and future generations.”
My take: It is high time we formulated a National Agenda like other countries. In that vein, all political parties prioritize Ghana above the politics, even if their approaches to the national agenda vary slightly (sort of like American’s partisan politics. In as much as their approaches to policies differ, there is a National Agenda – An American Dream, that is prioritized above all the bi-partisanship).
What I disagree with: I am not too sure I agree with him when he says the EC should not have declared the results until all issues of fraud were cleared up. This is because, it is obvious the NPP was going to place an injunction on the EC and I don’t think it necessary that the EC, as an independent body, kow-tows to an injunction by any political party despite the circumstances, and especially given the verification and presence of other observatory bodies like CODEO and ECOWAS. Let’s just let the courts decide in peace …