In a candid and concerning statement, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has voiced his apprehensions regarding the current state of affairs in Ghana under the leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
During an interview on C TV on Friday, September 1, 2023, Asiedu Nketiah emphasized that the country had traversed perilously close to the historical precipices that have, in the past, resulted in military coups.
He attributed the absence of such an upheaval today to Ghana’s collective memory of the hardships endured during periods of military rule.
Asiedu Nketiah further expressed his concerns about the glaring corruption and apparent ineptitude within the Akufo-Addo government.
He contended that, under different circumstances, these issues could have triggered serious consequences, including military intervention, had it not been for the nation’s painful lessons from its past.
He stated in Twi, “All the red lines which have, in the past, led to coups in Ghana have been crossed. But because the country has learnt its lessons, the consequences (of bad governance) seen in the past are not what we are seeing today.”
Asiedu Nketiah elaborated that the historical rationale behind military takeovers was the belief that it represented a last resort when civilian governance faltered.
The NDC National Chairman also pointed to the conspicuous financial improprieties involving former Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah, as an example of a situation that could have ignited public outrage or even led to a military intervention in the past.
This sobering assessment by Asiedu Nketiah serves as a stark reminder of Ghana’s past political instability and highlights the critical importance of addressing current governance issues to safeguard against potential upheavals in the future.