A former Ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro, Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, has described recent calls for a “revolution” due to perceptions of corruption and misgovernment as ill-advised.
According to the former Ambassador, Ghanaians must remember that the “so-called revolutions in this country have been nothing more than armed interventions to enrich a few.”
The Essikado Omanhene, Nana Kobina Nketsia, at a recent forum in the Western Region, called for a revolution in the thinking of Ghanaians.
Addressing fellow VANDALS (students of the Commonwealth Hall of the University of Ghana), he described politicians as a “band of rats and vampires feeding fat on Ghana.”
“I’m sorry that I’m bringing out some of my anger, but you need to be angry with your country in order to put it right,” he told the forum.
At that forum, he also described as “stupid” some people he saw driving a fleet of state vehicles to a programme.
“We pay them, we elect them to serve us, and they come and sit on us, and you are busy dividing yourselves into what, NPP, NDC for what?” he asked.
His polemic comes on the heels of several corruption allegations unearthed in the past few months.
But in an interview, Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe, who is also a founder member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) said, people naturally could feel disturbed and disappointed at how past and present governments had handled corruption and perceived corruption issues.
However, he argued that “this should not give room for revolutionary rhetorics coming from respected senior statesmen.”
Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe said that innocent blood were often shed in this nation to further those selfish “revolutionary enterprises.”
He stated again that “individuals will always find seemingly altruistic reasons to overthrow constitutional governments in Ghana, especially when these governments are faced with labour unrest and economic challenges.”
Those revolutionary interventions, he also pointed out, dragged Ghana’s political culture back to unenviable heights.
“It is for these reasons that the National Reconciliation Commission in 2004 exhorted against the overbearing criticism and vilification of constitutional governments,” he stated.
“Therefore, let us not romanticise “revolutions” in this country to avoid creating an atmosphere conducive to armed interventions,” he declared.
He also advocated that existing governance institutions such as CHRAJ and EOCO, should be empowered to boldly lead in the fight against corruption, instead of creating committees “which go to swell up the bureaucracy.”