THE DILEMMA OF THE DEVIL, NATIONAL PATRIOTISM VERSUS PARTY PATRIOTISM.

THE DILEMMA OF THE DEVIL, NATIONAL PATRIOTISM VERSUS PARTY PATRIOTISM.

Anybody who has been following political happenings in this country with keen interest would not be surprised about the seeming unending scuffle between Chairman Bugri Naabu, the NPP Northern Regional Chairman and Otiko Djaba, minister for gender cum NPP national women organizer. As young as I am in politics, I have known the duo because of their penchants in attacking politicians who do not share same political doctrine with them. It is still fresh even in the minds of baby politicians like me, how the duo vilified very prominent citizens of this country. Indeed the former president, John Dramani Mahama had his fair share of needless personal attacks from the so called mavericks of the NPP.

Both Bugri Naabu and Otiko Djaba were celebrated by their political henchmen and a certain media cabal for orchestrating unfounded allegations, unsavoury language and insults on the former president. Of course, we were only fortunate to have had that humble democratic leader. I don't know what would have happened in this country, if John Mahama was a violent political character to have given a dose of what emanated from the ugly tongues of the duo.

The political antecedents in the unchecked political activities during elections have really nurtured certain political figures into barbaric political Lords and no amount of political scaffolding from decent political characters, can cure this unfortunate antidemocratic attitude from people who are supposed to be models to the younger generation. Sometimes, it leaves one to wonder the sort of democratic dispensation we are nurturing for the near future as we often allow political desperation to becloud our natural sense of judgement.

Probably, the prophetic projections of Chenua Achebe as elucidated in his novel " Man of the people" published in 1996, are conspicuously manifesting in every facet of our political life. Politicians betray the will of the people after they have gone to the people with pretentious postures to beg for political power, after they have gone to the people with complete exaggeration, fabrications and distortions of facts against their opponents, after they have claimed to have the people at heart and after they have claimed they have angelic political hands, they forget so soon and display their superiority and undue influence shamelessly and dare the people to demonstrate their power against theirs. Such arrogance!!

Yes!!! That is the exactitude of the behavior of some members of the ruling government. Right from the day of winning elections till date, one thing has been consistently obvious, which is patriotism for the New Patriotic Party and not Patriotism for mother Ghana. Properties were destroyed, people were attacked, people are still terrorised, all perpetuated by political fanatics whose alignment to the NPP government, is an open secret. The sanctity of our democracy is thrown to the dugs. If lawless is a prerequisite for political gains, why won't influential political actors fight over the base of those fanatics?
Nothing surprises me about Bugri Naahu and Otiko Djaba. Charity begins at home.

I feel melancholically exasperated at the manner in which the president, Nana Akuffo Addo who has enjoyed the title " Human Right Lawyer" for decades is handling  such serious matters of national interest with lethargy. How serious can we be if a whole minister of state without nebulousness and ambiguity that a party chairman collects cows and goats to facilitate appointment? We know per our constitution that the president has the sole mandate to appoint or disappoint so why is Bugri Naabu collecting those animals?  Clearly, he is a conduit of bribery and corruption from the presidency and any serious president would have initiated a serious and urgent investigation.

Well, if corruption is as old as Adams and fighting it in governance is a problem, what about the murder allegations on known political actors? What is the national security waiting for? The murder of the Upper East Regional Chairman was one of the most recent political tragedies in the Sub Region and anybody coming out with such revelations and going away with it only depicts a country with bad leadership.

I would be very disappointed if civil society groups do not make sure that Chairman Bugri Naabu who has orally demonstrated his knowledge about the murder of Adams Mahama, is not arrested immediately to assist the court with fresh evidence. We can never eat our cake and have it.

For me, government still has some time to save its little trust and reputation by making sure that democratic leadership prevails over partisanship. The minister should step aside and Bugri Naabu invited by the national security. The secret meetings by government cum  NPP leadership rather projects more partisanship under such a disgracefully embarrassing revelations by such party bigwigs. If we don't take care as a country, we will set some bad political precedents that will eat our young democratic dispensation up very soon.

The saying that " everybody for himself, God for us all" cannot work in an enviable democratic nation like Ghana. This is not the Ghana we know. Leadership must wake up from the deep slumber.

Denis Andaban
denisandaban@gmail.com

Author: Denis Andaban

Denis Andaban is a young writer and practising journalist. He is also a young teacher who has an unrepentant passion for writing. He has written feature articles ranging from politics, social issues, academic and relationship. He also writes news for many online media portals. Currently, He is reading B A English Language Education at the University of Education, Winneba, Kumasi. Denis Andaban is a native of Fian in the Upper West Region

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