According to the Economist Magazine, in most cases, when the opposition obtain power at all costs, the new regime stumbles, the economy flounders, and the country finds itself in a worse state than before. It went on to say that the picture painted here was what happened in most of the Arab Spring, and also in Ukraine’s Orange Revolution more than a decade and half ago. In 2004, Mr. Yanukovch was ousted from office by vast street protests, only to be re-elected to the presidency because the opposition who replaced him turned out to be hopeless. This is exactly the story of the NPP.
Meanwhile, in Libya, Col. Qaddaffi achieved the following under his rule: Literacy rose from 10% to 90%; undernourishment was at 2%, a figure lower than that of the US, free education from primary to university and free healthcare. Libya ranked No. 53 on the United Nations index of Human Development. He gave free land and farm inputs to anyone who wanted to go into agriculture. There was no homelessness since all citizens were given free homes and $500 (GHC6,000) deposited in the bank accounts of every Libyan every month under the oil- revenue sharing programme.
Even though some Libyans jubilated when Qaddaffi was killed, reminiscing the good old days, they have regretted the action that led to the overthrow and killing of their great leader because, Libya has now collapsed. In Libya, posterity is judging Qaddafi the same way posterity is judging H.E. John Dramani Mahama in Ghana.
Ghanaians must learn some lessons from these Ukrainian and Libyan experiences and bring Mahama back as president of the Republic. And it behoves on the NDC to take the first step by passionately choosing him as their flag-bearer on May 13.
Like the Buffalo Soldier, let’s fight for survival because this to me makes a lot of sense.
Please enjoy Buffalo Soldier by Bob Marley.
Anthony Obeng Afrane