Manasseh Azure Awuni’s “buulu sane”

Your house is next to a major police station, but that did not stop your opponents from pelting it with stones. The elections were near. Tensions were high. And you were more vulnerable than Chelsea in the hands of Bayern Munich. The foreign missions in Ghana, in what appeared like a planned decision, issued strongly worded statements condemning the attacks. They subtly told the Mahama government to stop the “buulu sane” and ensure a peaceful election. You and your party were happy. You cited the opinions of these foreign ambassadors like a memory verse to heaven.

Today, you’re the president. The foreign embassies are not telling you how to run your home. They are not instructing you on how to appoint your ministers and allocate resources. You have gone to them and their countries and told them to come and invest in Ghana.

And they are telling you that when their investors come, corruption drives them away. So, they are unanimously telling you that until you tackle corruption, your efforts at attracting investors will remain as hopeless as Arsenal’s quest to win the EPL. They are telling you to stop the corruption for which you condemned Mahama and his government.

And here you are complaining about interference. Mr. President, how do you expect them to be quiet about the corruption? And how do you expect them not to have a say when you and your government go to them to beg and borrow to build toilets?

And why did you not complain about interference when you were in opposition and the foreign missions and the international community were one of the main groups you ran to when you felt threatened by the actions and inaction of the Mahama administration?

By the way, can someone help my readers with the meaning of the French term “buulu sane”, as used above?

Manasseh Azure Awuni

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