The Fourth Republic has seen violence from both the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP), but, until very recently, many associated violence conflicts with the NDC than the NPP.
Today, under Nana Akufo-Addo’s leadership it’s very clear that the NPP is driven by violent fuel while the post-Mills-led NDC struggles to live with its new non-violence brand.
It’s obvious that the 2007 rebranding of NDC away from its violent PNDC parentage isn’t sustainable if Ghanaians sit quietly for NPP to continue to operate violently the way they’re doing with impunity.
The NDC may go back to join them at the detriment of our already dysfunctional democracy if care isn’t taken. Their supporters may pressurize leadership towards that direction just like NPP supporters did Nana Addo at the time, otherwise, they may give up on their leadership.
Let’s not forget that Nana Akufo-Addo’s frustrations that made him fuel his party explicitly or otherwise with oil of violence emanated from how the NDC continued to treat them.
Till they taught the NDC “bibi kakra” at Atiwa as then NPP 2016 Presidential Candidate passionately observed in his violence inspiring speech they’d lamented how the NDC bullied them.
Today, they’re in the NDC’s position and the NDC is in NPP’s position. And, their lamentations may soon mature into their old violence self.
I believe John Mahama’s “boot for boot” speech was very unlike him. He’s forced by circumstances to say something to get them to feel he’s ready to lead them to battle.
Sometimes when leaders are pushed by such situations they try to please their support base by proving that their opponents can’t run over them and treat their supporters anyhow.
We’ve seen more than enough of NPP violence from after the 2016 elections. We’d seen more than enough of them before that bloody by-elections.
If we do not want to destroy this democracy let’s put party loyalty aside, assertively look into Nana Akufo-Addo’s eyes and let him know what’s at stake should he continue to supervise such violence, lawlessness, and impunity?
Power sometimes blinds people otherwise those who condemned violence perpetrated against them wouldn’t come to do worse than what they condemned.
If there are still elders in this country, they should not continue to shut up because of who the perpetrators are this time