How are you? How is your Christmas going? Spare me the cliche that this year’s Christmas is dry. You say that every year but I see people flocking to your shop and I see you busy counting plenty money. I see you having great fun as I sit on my porch and sip sobolo and listen to the never fading Kaakyire Kwame Appiah’s “Obi nkas3 24th”.
Anyway, I came to you on this special day of Christmas to share some few crooked thoughts of mine. Anytime I see you, an urge pinches me to have this conversation but I just endure the pain and let it go. However I see today as an ideal day to let it out.
Who do you think is responsible for the daily, weekly, monthly and yearly difficulties we go through as a country? Wait! I know your answer; the POLITICIAN. Stop looking at me with that strange look. I am no soothsayer. It is very easy for any quack soothsayer or prophet to speak into your future. You are too predictable. When I was schooling in that wooden structure of a school under those high tension cables, I always viewed that guy called Politician who was the cause of all our predicaments as the devil’s lieutenant. Years on, we failed to kill him and he has a very big family in Ghana now and they are unleashing havoc on our state every single minute. Who is that person you call a politician?
Ok, let us all agree that politicians are the sole cause of our problems in this country. Then again, is it that these politicians fly from Jupiter and impose themselves on us as their leaders? Or is it that these breed of humans never die? If the other millions of us are so good, how then do these few folks tagged as politicians wreck unabated havoc on us and we just chatter and murmur a little and then sit aloof? Ghanaba, do not get angry o. I am just asking questions that have been fighting with my brains since Dr. Nkrumah first stood on the polo grounds to speak English that most of the crowd gathered there didn’t have an idea of but screamed in unison. Who is the politician?
Is the politician that yam seller who triples the prices of her products and blame the government for the hardship? Is he that policeman who stands by the road and throw away his self-dignity , taking peanuts as bribes from people young enough to be his kids? Is the politician that university student who despite his education still litters the streets of our cities and towns as if he is playing a dropping game? Or he is that trotro mate who increases lorry fare with impunity and blames a dead president for it? Which of them is really the politician?
Wait, I think I have an idea. Are they those guys who issue fake receipts to the millions of tourists who visit lake Bosomtwi every day? They must be really greedy. The driver who flouts all road regulations and kill precious souls through his recklessness must be the real politician.
Aha, before I forget, your friend who works at the Ports sends his regards. How come I am now remembering this. Those guys over there are so corrupt as if it is their only lifeline. I am not saying your friend is part of Ghana’s problems o. After all he is just a public or civil servant. He is not a politician. Eureka! I got it now. I might be wrong though. Is it the president and his ministers and parliamentarians who we refer to as politicians? They must be the real nation wreckers. If they are, then something else baffles this head of mine.
Those people should not be more than 600. So can’t we just line them up at the Krokrobite beach and stone them into the sea? But then again, what if just as every Ghanaian is about throwing his stone, Jesus Christ appears again and says he who has not contributed to the mess in this country should throw the first stone? Will you still throw your stone? Then again, I get confused what the word POLITICIAN actually means to the Ghanaian. Please don’t ask me to Google it. Google only gives the general meaning, not the Ghanaian genre. Does it mean someone who is a nation wrecker?
Okay, if I agree with you that those we put in charge of the governance of this country are those we refer to as politicians, how come the millions of us can’t tame these few people and show them their real sizes in this country if we think we are not happy with the way they are managing affairs?
Let me poke you a little. Do you know that as part of your work as a janitor in that public school, you are supposed to clean the mirror. In the washrooms? Why don’t you do that? Will you not make noise if your employers decide not to pay your allowance? Please can you go and clean it at least once before the year ends? When you go to clean it, I want you to try something out. Before you clean it, look at yourself carefully in the mirror. You will see the horrible image the dirty mirror gives you. Then go ahead and clean it well. When you are done, look at yourself in it again. You will see the beautiful image it throws back at you. It simply signifies that the angel and devil are both in the mirror. The real problem of this country is in the mirror. The one who can change the fortunes of this country of our birth is also in the mirror. Few people cannot hold us to ransom unless we are partakers in their vicious acts.
Ghanaba, I will come for my answers later. Remember me when the hampers come in. Till then, Merry Christmas and let us look forward to a better year.