We are too comfortable with our inadequacies

We’re too comfortable with our inadequacies as a nation; we aren’t angry enough. That’s why we continue to live like animals.

We live in filth happily and comfortably. Corporates and individuals render poor services and we enjoy it comfortably. Sometimes, it’s as if they are doing us a favour.

We’re treated anyhow by people we don’t only spend time and money to elect but allow to determine how much to pay themselves in our name. And, yet, instead of serving us, we serve them in timidity and docility.

We deserve how outsiders see us; we deserve how our leaders treat us. From all look of things, they are treating us better than we even deserve.

For years, we’ve expected change from people who have no meaningful change to offer us. We’ve denied the truth that change can only come from whom our leaders obtain their power.

There’s a good reason to board trotro with us and beg us for votes like Nana Addo recently did; cook banku and plait hair for women like Oko Vanderpuye did; pound fufu, play ludu, bath for our recalcitrant children who like kids don’t like bathing as we observed during the recent campaigns.

If we’re this important to them, why do we turn to serve them in fear; becareful we don’t say or do anything to incur their displeasure even when there’s an urgent need to call their attention to their irresponsiveness and irresponsibility?

Why?

Do we lose our power after elections and until the next campaigns season begins? Doesn’t the power our government exercise resides in us as a people?

Are we afraid our own brothers and sisters will victimise us and treat us worse than the colonialists did if we say and act in a manner that they consider offensive?

Are we afraid they will consider us their enemies or haters if we express opposing thoughts and critually question their actions and inactions?

The truth is were you and I at their position, we wouldn’t be happy when people criticise us; we may suffer from the tendency to see our critics as our intra-party or extra-party opponents.

Sycophants may take advantage to fuel us with anger by telling how people they haven’t met before work with our opponents against us.

Sadly, we may fall to the sycophantic love and concerns they self-centeredly expressed to endear themselves to us for their personal gains, and we may end up hating people who may mean well.

It’ll take a lot of deep thinking and conscious search of one’s soul and deep examination of one’s actions and inactions to insulate one’s self from the ill-effects of sycophantic activities when in power.

Certainly, we shouldn’t expect those we vote for to be happy when we critique their actions and inactions. How they feel and react should thus not intimidate us into a prison of timidity and cowardice.

The undeniable truth is that they also can’t enforce the laws and maintain order without offending us.

Because they want to please us often in other not to lose our votes, just like we fear to criticise and hold them accountable, they also allow us to live lawlessly or refuse to take certain decisions to the detriment of our collective good.

This is why I was happy when John Mahama, in deciding to scrap the Nurse and Teacher Trainees Allowances said that’s what he considered the best decision for us and wouldn’t mind losing the election for it; I was also elated when John Boadu was reported recently as saying NPP wouldn’t mind losing the next election for doing what they consider right for the nation.

I doubt if you’ve forgotten the efforts Hon. Agyire Blankson made to ensure the streets of Accra Business Districts were tidy and free from retailers and hawkers.

Didn’t government call him to allow the traders; retailers and hawkers to return to the streets ahead of elections?

Hon. Oko Vanderpuye suffered similar if not same fate in his effort to keep Accra clean.

So, we fear to offend our elected leaders and our elected leaders fear to ensure that the law works because of power. They enjoy the power than transforming lives; building decent communities and ensuring that law and order prevails over impunity and violence.

While we are enduring our inadequacies in our selfishness without giving any thoughtful consideration to our collective aspirations as a people, only very few are benefiting from the resources the creator has endowed us with.

Majority are living in soul-killing poverty, filth, diseases, starvation, severe ignorance, etc.

Until we get angry at ourselves; until we realised the harm we’re causing to ourselves and future generations; until we get fed up with this low life which is only fit for animals, we won’t see the dire need to seek a meaningful change.

And, the change won’t come from the Chinese, Americans, British, etc. It won’t come from anywhere but from ourselves.

It must start from you and I. I’ve seen and endured this life for over Thirty (30) years and i’m tired of it. I can’t endure it anymore.

We shouldn’t expect the change we need from any political leader, religious leader, traditional leader or academic.

They need to change themselves.

If we change, they will have no choice but to change or be carried away by our wind of change; if they change we will have no choice but to yield to the change.

Today, I put before you, my fellow citizens and spectators the two options we have available to exit the mess we find ourselves in: either we change and get them to change or we wait for them to change and get us to change.

I think we should change as individuals for true change comes from within.

We should become responsible citizens.

We should change the reasons that drive who we vote for.

We should change how we see those we vote for; they are our employees, servants and fellow citizens, not our lords and masters. In fact, many of them would have no jobs but for our benevolence to vote for them. Let’s help them to be humble.

We should change how we see state and public properties; they’re our taxes and resources converted into buildings, vehicles, roads, etc.

We should change how we deal with one another; we’re fellow countrymen and countrywomen; we aren’t enemies. Together, we stand; divided, we fall. We need one another than we do the IMF, World Bank, etc.

We should change and love one another and the nation and be attached to our collective good than to our personal parochial interest or the interest of our parties. Without the nation, we will have no parties.

We should change and unite with a higher being than ourselves.

Let’s stop talking at one another and talk with each other more; let’s pause and listen more to one another with empathy for we’re one people with a common destiny.

What unites us is greater than what divides us. When it rains and water inundate our poorly managed cities, the flood don’t ask to know the political, religious and tribal affiliations of victims before deciding how to deal with them.

When mosquitoes mature in our choked gutters to bite us, they don’t give us different forms of malaria based on our parties.

When preventable and unpreventable disasters hit us, they kill and maim us all without tribal or political considerations.

In the face of this truths, the only reason we continue to live the way we do is this: we aren’t angry with ourselves enough; we’re too comfortable with our inadequacies.

Otherwise, let’s say with one voice : enough is enough. And, change out of here.

Source: President Ablorh

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