In a recent interview on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Economist Prof. Stephen Adei delivered a warning to Ghanaian politicians, urging them to stop exploiting the weaknesses of Ghanaian society for their own personal gain.
He argued that instead of capitalizing on the strengths of the country to promote development, politicians often exploit issues such as corruption and hero worship, which ultimately harm the nation.
Prof. Adei believes that this practice has significantly hindered the ability of Ghanaians to select capable leaders, thus undermining the democratic process.
According to Prof. Adei, the politicians of Ghana have taken advantage of the poverty, hero worship, and cultural divisions within society.
He cautioned that if this continues, disillusioned Ghanaians may resort to an uprising against the government.
However, he expressed concern that such an uprising could lead to even more dire conditions for the country.
He cited examples of previous coup d’états in the region, such as the Arab Spring, which ultimately worsened the situation in those countries.
Despite his concerns, Prof. Adei remains hopeful that the recent protests against poor governance and increasing demands for accountability among leaders will lead to positive change.
He emphasized the need for a new generation of leaders who are characterized by their integrity, competence, and genuine concern for the well-being of Ghanaians. He believes that if such leaders emerge, it could initiate a movement that sweeps away the current corrupt duopoly of leadership in the country.
Prof. Adei’s optimism stems from his belief in the capacity of Ghanaian society to produce good leaders.
He pointed out that many other societies that now have effective leaders have also experienced periods of bad leadership.
He clarified that his remarks were not directed at any specific regime, but rather a reflection of the overall pattern of governance in recent years.
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