Dictatorships are often unexpected. They have arisen among prosperous, educated and cultured people who seemed safe from a dictatorship. Cracking down on opposition figures, civil society organizations and media has become the mandate of many African leaders – Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is one of such leaders. Every serious government needs a strong and viable opposition for it to stay in check and continue to be active in delivering the dividend of democracy to the masses.
Ghana under President Akufo-Addo has become a real police state. Fear has gripped the country and people don’t dare speak out, freedom of the press and speech no longer exist. The death of the opposition would be a disaster for Ghana. You cannot build a democracy by maiming or silencing your opponents or adversaries.
Ghana’s human rights lawyer President, Nana Akufo-Addo is unleashing a wave of oppression since his election, cracking down on opposition figures and the media.
Dictatorships are often unexpected – consider Germany, one of the most paradoxical and dramatic cases- Before Hitler took over the administration of Germany, the country was widely considered to have the best educational system in the world. If any educational system could inoculate people from barbarism, surely Germany would have led the way. Germany had the best universities and Germans were especially distinguished for their great achievements in science- just think of Karl Benz who invented the gasoline powered automobile, Rudolf Diesel who invented the compression ignition engine, Heinrich Hertz who proved the existence of electromagnetic waves, Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen who invented x-ray, Friedrich August Kekule who developed the theory of chemical structure. It’s no wonder that many Americans and Europeans went to Germany universities for their degrees during the 19th century.
While there was some German anti-Semitic agitation during the late 19th century, Germany didn’t seem the most likely place for it to flourish.
Why, then did the highly educated Germans embrace a lunatic like Adolf Hitler? The short answer is that when people become angry enough or desperate enough, sometimes they’ll support crazies who would never attract a crowd in normal circumstances. Most Germans felt betrayed and humiliated after the world war 1. The German government had assured them they were winning so we shocked when the truth came out. As a result, the Welmar Republic, Germany’s fragile democracy, was immediately discredited.
Hitler was among those agitating against the Welmar Government. He joined the German workers party that later became the National Socialist German Workers Party.
Adolf Hitler, just like Nana Akufo-Addo, was a great speech maker, so he began giving speeches that appealed to Germans embittered and disillusioned by the outcome of the war. He denounced Jews, vowing to rebuild German greatness. Same beautifully packaged speeches were delivered by Nana Akufo-Addo in opposition.
Historian Ian Kershaw observed that “without a lost war, revolution and a pervasive sense of national humiliation, Hitler would have remained a nobody”.
Hitter gave nerves touching speeches appealing to those he called “starving billionaires” who he said, had billions of paper marks but couldn’t afford a loaf of bread. He attempted a coup that failed in November 8, 1923, and was imprisoned. But he retained his key followers and wrote his venomous memoirs Mein Kampf that became the Nazi Bible. During the late 1920s, the German economy began to recover, and the masses lost interest in the Nazis. If good times had continued, or the people had supported the Government, Hitler might have been forgotten. Hitler need and prayed for another crisis for a shot at gaining political power.
We saw same in Ghana during Mahama’s era. We heard all the beautiful speeches, assurances and promises from Nana Akufo-Addo. He constantly prayed for crisis to hit Ghana for a shot at gaining political power. The Mahama administration inherited many challenges including the decades old power crisis, the single spine salary scheme, unemployment, bad road network, deteriorated aviation system, weak revenue collecting system etc. Global economic crisis and low prices for our exports including oil, cocoa and gold had terrible effect on the economy. The opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo did not consider all the factors enumerated above, he maintained maintained non stop agitation for power. Hitler did same. Hitler travelled constantly,giving speeches throughout Germany. He wanted his opponents destroyed, so he demonized them. He accused them of being traitors. Two Nazi paramilitary organizations, the S.A and S.S, launched bloody attacks on his opponents. This attracted more thugs who liked violence and were good at it.
Candidate Akufo-Addo created his own paramilitary organizations, (-vigilante groups),brought people from South Africa and Serbia to train them. These hoodlums unleashed terror on innocent Ghanaians. Hitler finally took over the administration of Germany and we all know how wicked and reckless he was. Government control of the economy made it virtually impossible for anyone to seriously challenge his administration. Hitter added secret police, death camps and another war machine.
The German educational system, which had inspired so many Americans and Europeans started collapsing. It was all about propaganda spearheaded by Joseph Goebbels. We witnessing same trend and style under the current administration led by Nana Akufo-Addo. Aspiring dictators sometimes give away their intentions by their evident desire to destroy opponents.
All lovers of democracy must close ranks to confront what discerning minds describe as gangsterism in the political and governance processes in Ghana. The country is facing serious challenges that are threatening our democracy and good governance within the rule of law. Ghana has become a very poor country- even though oil price and that of gold and cocoa has increased significantly on the world market. Ghana under the current administration is full of corruption, pain, anger, fear, death, without freedom. The President and his henchmen ensure that those who don’t share the same political views of his government won’t be able to have a successful future but those who swear respect to a who maim and destroys will.
Source: Ohenenana Obonti Krow