opinionBy Kofi Nkrumah
The framers of the 1992 Constitution mandate the President of the Republic to give the State Of The Nation address at specific times during his tenure of office, and recently our President did that to conclude the term of office for the late President Mills.
Shortly, President John Mahama will give his own proper state of the nation address, you see, the first one, he gave before his inauguration, he gave it as a care-taker President, who was continuing the term of his 'father', President Fiifi Atta Mills.
The state of the nation address we often hear, talks about how the economy is faring, of course from the lenses of government-- inflation figures are good with single-digit, growth in the economy, achievements in various other sectors....health, education, transport, agriculture, blah, blah, blah, blah.....We rarely hear these addresses touching on the mood of the nation, that is , the mood of the people who make up the country, Ghana.
Surely, the mood of the people, some may say is very subjective, cannot be measured so we should not expect our politicians to add it to their head-aches. Nobody should deceive himself that politicians are unaware of the mood of the people, they know. The government through the various monitoring agencies, especially the security outfits knows all that is happening in the country.
Mood is defined as the state of one's feelings or mind at a particular time, a period of bad temper, anger, etc; mood is also defined as the way a group or community feels about something, the atmosphere in a place or among a group of people.........according to THE OXFORD ADVANCED LEARNER'S DICTIONARY. So what is the mood of the nation, generally, how do we feel in the country?
Since the controversial 2012 election results came from the lips of Dr Afari, Djan, my observation is that Ghanaians are generally unhappy, the atmosphere in the country is somber, that is, dull and gloomy.
Even most NDC members whose candidate Mahama was declared winner don't appear to be happy, perhaps because they are not sure of the victory declared for them, moreso as the NPP has challenged the results in the Supreme Court. Many people appear dull and sad because they believe their votes were stolen, and therefore have been cheated and made fools.
Aside of the sadness flowing from the elections, the unprecedented, gargantuan calamities being visited upon our nation also give cause for concern. Every year, we experience harmattan in Ghana, with its attendant fire outbreaks, especially bush fires, but this year, before the third week of January ended, there were already over 200 fire outbreaks.
We have been living here for years but this is very rare. In this last week of January, we heard of more fires in Brong Ahafo and Ashanti in markets, factories, and shops; they are not only bush fires.At Sokoban wood village in Kumasi,fire reportedly swept through the area destroying the business of about 30 women.
One woman watching the ravages of the fire, collapsed. On the last Monday of January, close to 10 fire incidents were reported to have occurred in the Brong Ahafo region, with the worst at a factory in Berekum. On Wednesday 30th January, there was another report of fire outbreak at a garage near the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi....the fire consumed 20 cars which had been brought to the garage for servicing.
Earlier, there had been an outbreak at Brofoyedru also in Kumasi, where a tanker discharging fuel caught fire and burnt five vehicles and a motorbike. There was another at Asaase-Bonso in the Afram Plains where the whole community was engulfed by the fire, said to have been propelled by a severe windstorm destroying 55 houses. Aside of fire outbreaks, road accidents are also spilling lots of blood of our people .Admittedly, human carelessness may be part of these problems, but couldn't there also be evil spiritual forces involved?
You may say I'm being superstitious, but why shouldn't I be, when there are reports all over the place that before, during and after the 2012 elections, members of a certain political did all sorts of juju, including burying sheep, cows and other beings in various parts of the country. When such sacrifices are made, will there not be negative consequences on the land?
Yes, you can doubt what I am saying because you may say there is no proof but don't expect anybody to own up and tell you that any such sacrifices have been made. When natural laws of the Creator are ignored, effects on the land will definitely be disastrous. The Law Of Karma always takes its course.
Added to our problems is the perennial unavailability of potable water in many communities, even in the capital Accra. Now, we have been told that water rationing has been unleashed on Accra because some filters on the Weija dam are being serviced.
As for the energy triplets, VRA, GRIDCO and ECG, whose actions and inactions contribute to fire outbreaks, spoil consumers' gadgets, make us sleep in darkness and heat, but still expect us to pay electricity bills, I inform them that their excuses are too many and they have frustrated us for far too long.
Today this, tomorrow that and, therefore, no electricity here and there. HABA GHANA!! Now, the perception is that elections are over, and so NDC and state agencies are doing what they like, to please themselves, after all , what can Ghanaians do to them apart from talking or complaining?
Let the government and politicians be informed that many Ghanaians have lost hope in the system because things have gone too wrong and things are still going wrong.....so Woyome goes to court and the state as prosecution fails to appear with witnesses to press the case against him....are we serious at all in this country?
We are hearing all sorts of things about some 1.5 tons of gold from Ghana which landed in Turkey and the plane was detained for unavailability of appropriate documents. Who are behind the transaction? Is it a genuine transaction or 419? What work did our airport officials do on the aircraft before it left Ghana? By the way, it is on record that after being declared winner our President for reasons best known to government, selected Turkey as the first country for official visit en route to an AU meeting.
Turkey, where our gold was detained? Was this visit, coming few weeks after the gold incident, a coincidence? We hear an investigation has been ordered by government into the gold controversy....let's wait and see what the investigation will come out with. Interesting times ahead!
The NPP and NDC are slugging it out in the Supreme Court after the NDC joinder was accepted by the Court....... any idiot can go to court according to general mosquito, so now that both parties are in court, who is the idiot? Since the general himself also attends the court sessions, is he also an idiot? I plead with the general to mind his public utterances because he is worsening the mood of the nation.
The mood of the nation is obviously not the best. Check how people even jubilate when our Black Stars win their matches in the on-going AFCON. The usual spontaneous, noisy, jubilation is absent in most places; the Ghana flag and other paraphernalia are not as conspicuous as in previous years. Certainly there isn't happiness in town.
Perhaps, things might change for the better if the Stars bring the Cup here when jubilation may be more spontaneous, but for now as an elderly man told me recently, " anigye nni kuro mu" to wit, there is no happiness in town.