A few friends have been asking why I’ve kept quiet on recent developments. They thought I should speak out against the shocking corruption we’re seeing.
But look at Martin Amidu. Look at Anas. Look at Ahmed Suale. Look at Manasseh Awuni. The tragedy isn’t just that, those of them still standing may soon be silenced by the political system. The worse is that it is the country they’re trying to save that would chant for their blood to flow. The blood of Ahmed Suale is still screaming for justice. Who is listening?
But let’s put what’s happening into some little perspective. A person enters the public office and within one year, amasses GHS 40 million. That money is perhaps twice or thrice more than the combined student loan debts of hundreds of thousands of Ghanaians, some of whom might have taken as little as GHS 1000 to help finish school.
They’re probably now home jobless, with those debts being calculated on compound interests. If they’re lucky to find a job in five years that pays some GHS 800 or so a month, they may find themselves already neck-deep in debt. And they may find their names appearing in the national dailies along with countless other harassments and humiliations, for taking some GHS 1000. Yet one public official could amass GHS 40m in a year or two.
This is the system we have. An unconscionable system that milks everyone to feed the bottomless reservoir of the greed of a few. But hey! Utter a word against the gods of the systems and see. You may like Suale, die miserably, and find your blood crying without release.
Or you may like Amidu, see a horde of party hacks, some of the elders in their churches and self-styled purveyors of truth, strangle you if only words can. Worse of all these very students in this situation and countless of the masses may be the ones dancing on your grave.
Does this mean well-meaning patriots should beat a retreat with their tails between their legs? Far from that. But the truth is that nothing good would come from fighting this system at this time. It is a system that is built on the moral bankruptcy and ignorance of a nation. And from where we all stand, there is no immediate end in sight.
I have maintained for a long while that, our problem is a character one. But when I look left and right, I find no solutions today. The best thing to do at this stage is to perhaps disengage oneself from this system, until such a time when a clear solution is found.