Dear President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,
Mr President, i want to convey my sincere feeling on the state of affairs in the country and my region, the Ashanti Region. I am doing so as an ardent supporter of the NPP who traveled from my base in the United States to Ghana to support your campaign and as a supporter who devoted his time, risked his safety, staked his integrity and passionately and vociferously defended your candidacy during the 2016 Presidential election in defiance of the strong campaign mounted against you by those who never wanted you to be the President and commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Ghana. I don’t have access to any convenient channel of communication with you hence my resort to this channel. Accept my sincere apologies if you are discomfited by my resort to public engagement through this open letter.
Mr President, during the 2016 electioneering campaign,myself, you, and other supporters of the NPP went round the country and vigorously propagated the message of Change and solicited the support and votes of Ghanaians with a solemn undertaking that our precarious situation will be ameliorated upon your assumption of office. Ghanaians including myself were persuaded by your promises. On the 7th of January 2016, Ghanaians went to the polls and overwhelmingly elected you as the President because you promised them Change. The Slogan “Battle is the Lords”. Many Ghanaians myself inclusive kept monitored closely events at our voting and collation centres. We were prepared and willing to march on the streets and defend your mandate if the incumbent had succeeded in truncating the final collation results. I shed tears of joy when the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Mrs Charlotte Osei declared you the winner of that fiercely contested election. That night, I slept well and snored like an overfed pig because i felt that a competent and incorruptible leader had finally emerged in Ghana and my dream of returning to Ghana is becoming a reality.
Mr President, nine (9) months after your historic assumption of office, it has become increasingly tedious to defend the change we proudly supported and campaigned for. I am not expecting you to perform miracle or turn things round overnight. The fact of the matter is that sincerity and responsibility are the hallmark of leadership. What was the change message about if things were to remain the same? Yes you have four year mandate as you always say when responding to your critics. But nine months is enough time to resolve certain pressing and critical issues in the country and set a very precise and clear direction for the nation.
Mr President, some of the problems require a firm presidential directive to solve. Just in case you are oblivious of the cost of fuel across the country, may I report to you that contrary to the pronouncements by your minister, fuel is being sold higher than we promised and owners of vehicles, Taxi and trotro drivers care suffocating.
Mr President, we have started hearing corruption allegations against your appointees. We are likely to hear because, you have allowed very bad people to assume underserved positions in your government and your seeming nonchalant attitude has emboldened predators to compromise critical institutions of state at the peril of justice and national development. You may need to listen to the famous “A-plus” leaked tape to know how disappointing our government has been and the corruption going on around you.
Mr President, the faith of Ghanaians in your administration is eroding at a worrisome level. That is the hard fact that the bootlickers and surrogates around you may not tell you. The change is killing Ghanaians and the time to truly change things is now. We promised low utility tariffs yet, raising prices of utilities every week. Does it mean that the government of Nana Akufo-Addo is incapable of keeping to its promises and enforcing policy decision.
Mr President, the rampaging Fulani herdsmen are still tormenting my people in Agogo and they are paying higher tariff compared to what they were paying under the last administration. The dollar we arrested has broken jail. The present depreciation of the cedi, the attendant effects on the economy and well being of Ghanaians are self evident and require no elucidation. Your government has clearly not done enough to address this anomalous effect except promises upon promises. Your Finance Minister failed his first critical assignment as Minister of Finance. We are still struggling to defend the $2.25 bond. As if that was not enough humiliation for the Npp government, he appointed filled the Finance Ministry with his friends and appointed family members to head certain strategic state institutions.
Mr President, complaints and agitations being poured on NPP social media platforms are not different from what I have enumerated in my letter and the earlier you do something about it, the better it would be for the party we cherish and worship.
Mr President, I sincerely want you to succeed and may you succeed. May God give you the insight and the courage to do what is right for our nation.
Dr Elvis Asiedu Afram.