Maybe somebody needs to school Prof. Joshua Alabi on the history of the Founding-Father of his own political party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC). It is quite obvious that the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra, (UPSA), one of the youngest minor tertiary academies in the country, never heard of the name of Chairman Jerry John Rawlings, or even that of his own famous fellow northern-descended former President of Ghana’s Third Republic, Dr. Hilla (Babini) Limann (See “We Can’t Leave the Country for 30, 40-Year-olds – Alabi” Classfmonline.com / Ghanaweb.com 5/14/18).
The list goes on and on and on…. What about Col. Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, the most astute, foresighted and accomplished of all of Ghana’s postcolonial military leaders, in retrospect? And also, who said that the former Greater-Accra Regional Minister has an inalienable constitutional right to determine just who rules the country at any particular time and at what age? Either Prof. Alabi is prematurely senile or he is simply a clinical idiot. I understand that he was asked by Radio Talk-Show Host Francis Abban, whether it wasn’t about time for young African leaders to become presidents. That was, of course, the wrong question to ask, if the Starr-FM’s radio talk-show host had any remarkable sense of the political history of the African continent. The fact of the matter is that for most of the continent’s history, since 1950, or thereabouts, it has been 30- and 40-year-olds who have dominated modern African politics.
But, of course, at 60 years old, it is more than quite obvious that the National Democratic Congress’ presidential-nominee hopeful has little or absolutely nothing worthwhile to offer Ghana by way of progressive leadership. And that is not merely because Prof. Alabi is 60 years old. Rather, it is because his caliber as a politician is inextricably tied up with the dismal track-record of the general leadership of the National Democratic Congress, the so-called Umbrella Home of Ghana’s Social Democrats. There is absolutely nothing either socially progressive about the caliber of the entire leadership of the National Democratic Congress, or democratic about the way and manner in which that party’s leadership has conducted itself, since its opportunistic establishment by Ghana’s longest-ruling junta leader some 26 years ago.
The NDC also has no enviable track-record on any significant policy initiative that was ever implemented to improve the quality of the life of the ordinary hardworking and longsuffering Ghanaian citizen. No poor people-oriented healthcare and education policy. And so precisely why any of these political scam-artists think that they ought to be afforded the precious opportunity to run down our fast-recovering national economy is anybody’s good guess. By the way, what sort of “guidance” is he talking about, when Prof. Alabi says that the guidance of older people is indispensable to the development of the country? Is he talking about what may be aptly described as the “Cash-and-Carry healthcare policy agenda of the National Democratic Congress?
The man has also been widely linked to the $ 72 million scamming of the Ghanaian civil servant at the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), where the NDC leadership, including former President John Dramani Mahama, under whose watch the subject under discussion occurred, stand accused of embezzling the pension savings of hundreds of thousands of Ghanaian civil servants. Prof. Alabi vehemently denies any direct involvement or act of criminality on his part. But, of course, the inescapable fact of the matter is that he is a front-row member and one of the movers-and-shakers of the party that brought such a leadership curse upon the heads of the rest of us citizens of Ghana. And so Prof. Alabi has absolutely no business talking as if the overwhelming majority of Ghana’s electorate took leave of our common sense a generation ago.
It is also inexcusably arrogant for Prof. Alabi to presume that the political culture and leadership of the country belong to any particular age-group of Ghanaian citizens. It all boils down to one’s performance track-record and vision as practically demonstrated in the field or on the ground, as it were. On the latter count, I am convinced that Prof. Alabi belongs to the same political slag heap or garbage dump as his classmate and fellow northerner, to wit, former President John Dramani Mahama. Both men are have-been-theres and done-nothings. It is as simple as that. “ABC,” you say, my dear reader? Well, you are definitely entitled to your own sacred spin, just like me.
Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.