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RE: Tears wiped by Akufo-Addo’s ‘great’ speech

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Next President Akufo-Addo’s inspirational deal with described by the Environment Wellness Organization’s Director-Typical as a highly effective concept, and the litany of praise showered on him for his timely interventions geared to restrict the havoc prompted by COVID-19, our personal Manasseh Azure selected to use his commonly followed web pages to boost not only pessimism but to paint a bleak graphic of the situation in Ghana. This is not surprising coming from another person who has under no circumstances hidden his admiration for some African leaders like Paul Kagame, praised them for their initiatives (which he has no thought no matter whether they are common in all those international locations or not) like the health care drones but is generally swift to criticize his have leaders who the “outsiders” praise for excellent efficiency.

In tough times like this, the regular detail to do is supply the optimism and hope even when there seems to be no alternatively than trying to find to h2o down the affect of a pretty unusual inspirational statement that has gotten anyone that issues chatting about and citing it as a reference for other leaders to emulate. In answering his possess query as to what provisions President Akufo-Addo experienced produced in his speech for persons like hawkers and beggars on the streets subsequent the lockdown, Manasseh claimed emphatically “NOTHING” had been done. He went more to include “…he (President Akufo-Addo) did not make any provision for them”. He went on to engage in on the emotions of his visitors using quite unlucky populist political arguments the likes of which have not even been produced by opponents of the President. A critique of his assertions are based mostly on a number of factors some of which are:

It is really unfortunate that anyone like Manasseh will strongly and emphatically argue that “NOTHING” experienced been performed to cater for the very poor in our culture. 1st, in this COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed several lives locally and globally, the greatest target of each government is the preservation of lives and reduction of the spread of the condition. This is the main aim of all governments throughout the world and I am absolutely sure if he (Manasseh) had pondered around this fundamental actuality he would not have said “NOTHING” has been performed. He would have arrived at the summary that the difficult measures set forward by the President are geared towards the preservation of the lives of all citizens no matter if prosperous/poor or literate/illiterate. This is a person of the motives why I described Manasseh’s article as populist and unlucky.

Secondly, even although the lockdown actions are challenging and will have an impact on corporations/ the economy, a honest examination of the ailments connected to the lockdown will reveal that they have been very calm to enable some house to reduce the hardships expected as a final result of this motion. This I believe is mainly because of to the President’s superior worry for the welfare of the citizens and this truth was alluded to by Manasseh himself in his introductory paragraphs in advance of he decided to make a dive into his populism.

Last but not least, on this issue, I concur that some form economic reliefs should be manufactured for all types of Ghanaians primarily the underprivileged but the position should be created that safeguarding their wellness can take priority of any financial considerations. This I think is the principal purpose why the President made his well-liked statement “We (authorities) know how to deliver the economic system back to everyday living. What we do not know is how to convey people today back to existence,” to give hope to citizens and enable them recognize that their wellness is the precedence. So persons like Manasseh who have significant followings really should relatively emphasis in endorsing this profound statement to our people. Sad to say, he is primary a campaign to paint this attractive speech black whilst overseas leaders go on to use this statement as a motivational instrument to inspire and give hope to their folks underneath these challenging moments.

His analogy that the speech was only inspirational to the worldwide neighborhood but not to most citizens is a wrong perception. Prior to the lockdown actions, there was a great deal of debate on regardless of whether to lock down or not and anyone who followed the discussions will comprehend that a fantastic number of men and women most well-liked the lockdown. Even when arguments of financial factors had been manufactured in opposition to proposals for lockdown most folks even now most well-liked the lockdown citing the precedence of overall health before economics.

This is essentially what President Akufo-Addo did and he even relaxed the ailments just to make are living straightforward for citizens under the lock down. Adhering to his speech, large sections of Ghanaians took to a variety of media platforms to categorical their happiness for this shift. In point, the opposition NDC which never receives content with what the President does did not even have any rationale to disagree with the President except to hang on to the expression “Greater Kumasi” utilised by the President in his speech. This reveals how the concept was welcomed and any attempt by Manasseh to downplay the constructive influence of the speech and interventions will only hit a snag.

In conclusion and as indicated before, Manasseh and all other influential Ghanaians should somewhat use this time to educate individuals primarily the underprivileged cohort he (Manasseh) promises to be fighting for and to aid them have an understanding of the will need to stick to the preventive actions stipulated by the overall health authorities as properly as complying to the presidential orders. This does not in any way cease them from contributing and producing significant recommendations as to how government could make the life of citizens far better in these tough occasions. Lowering vital problems of this form to pessimism and playing populism on the feelings of people as done by Manasseh in his piece need to be discouraged.



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