Dear Mr President…
This letter isn’t to play politics, or to lambaste.
I’m not taking sides – there is no side.
We’re Ghanaians. That’s our side.
I’m a young adult from a middle class Christian family, who like the millions in this country, keeps wondering.
I don’t believe that you are incapable of leading our country, as many have stated quite clearly.
Sometimes we get insubordinate in stating everything that’s gone wrong, but it’s the love – for we love Ghana, Oh so dearly!
It is this love that makes the masses mad when things get out of hand…
It’s this love that keeps people criticizing.
It is this same love that makes us hope that someday, somehow, something good will come out of Ghana.
So please don’t get mad. The masses mean well.
I believe you are very capable, for the Good book says that “…there is no authority except that which God has established…”
I cannot emphasize enough how badly things are going, for I know you see it all. It doesn’t make you incompetent, it only makes you a man challenged! A man challenged, I believe, stands up to the challenge, and beats it to the best of his call…
I know that you’re not sitting idle as we may believe, but I feel there’s a lot more you could do.
I don’t know the slightest thing about leading a nation. I don’t know how it’s done.
Yet I believe you took up this position because you have some idea at least.
When I was younger, my mother drummed in my head lessons on priority.
No TV when there’s homework.
No naps when there are chores.
No breakfast when you haven’t prayed.
No Bible, definitely no breakfast.
Priorities differ, naturally.
We don’t all hold the same things dear.
We don’t all have the same needs.
But certain priorities are clearly universal.
Health above fame.
Quality over quantity.
Peace over war.
I think it was quite interesting that a few weeks ago Ghana was offered to host the African Cup of Nations, when we’re the most risked nation at the moment in this Ebola outbreak…
I don’t know what the intentions were. Most of us don’t.
The rage that went up on the media was mainly because we were wondering if you were willing to sacrifice our health, for a little fame, and probably some sponsorship…?
I also find it a bit interesting that certain things seem to be going on unnoticed….
Security systems failing…. 12.6 kilograms of cocaine getting outside our borders somehow…. and after seven trips.
Money disappearing in the ‘system’, skyrocketing prices and cost of living, Parliament itself owing two years of electricity bills….
Multiple Strike actions that seem to go on and on and on…..
A budget that makes us wonder…
For quite a while now we’ve been having these ‘dumsor’ problems. And while we can’t blame you for that, we still have some questions…..
Remember the uproar that went on when the power went out in parliament?
It just made me wish the speaker of parliament or his colleague MP’s could live in my public University room for just a day and attempt to undertake normal day – to – day activities.
Activities such as cooking, (the government hostels are only allowed to use electric cookers) washing (our water pumps are driven by electricity) and studying – the reason for which we are in school….
Mr President, the unity in the nation has dwindled beyond what should be. We cannot blame you, but I believe something can be done.
Kwame Nkrumah said once: “the party and the nation are one and the same…”
Today, people think political affiliation, before thinking national patriotism.
People will do all the wrong there is to accumulate wealth because their party is in power, at the expense of the nation.
In Barack Obama’s words: “what holds this country together is this fundamental belief that we all have a stake in each other – that I am my brother’s keeper; that I am my sister’s keeper. And that must express itself not only in our churches and synagogues or in our personal lives, but in our government too.”
Mr President, I believe that the good book also mentions that though Saul was appointed by God, at a point he lost the presence of God, and with that the power to lead.
Please don’t lose the presence of God.
It may not seem like it, but we’re solidly behind you.
We’re bound by a common love for our nation.
We pray for you.
We care about you.
We just wish that somehow, you could reassure us, make a few things right…..
We as citizens are going to try our best. We’ll take a cue from the Spaniards, who despite their economic trip to hell and back, stood behind their government and held on when they plunged to become the worst European economy.
Today, the story is different.
We’ll learn to support you while you’re in power…
We’ll try our very best!
P.S. Where is our Vice President…..?
Dear Mr President…
Niiiiiiiiiiiccccceeeeee….. it’s hard not blame him but it’s true blaming n complaining has not really done much to help. the question we shd be asking what have we done to help.
😉 We can pray and hope….
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Well-written piece. I hope the president gets to see this one day
I really hope so too. Thanks Andrew!
Wonderful piece Elise.. in a country where the youth have joined the fray of insulting the presidency..this sets the tone for a decorous discourse. Keep it up!!
Thanks dear 😊
Thanks Elise. Sooooo on point
Thanks Andrea… 🙂
wonderful piece Elise! very well written….and I support every single thing written…kudos! we’re proud of you! 🙂 🙂
Thanks a lot Arabella….. thanks for the support 🙂
That’s a masterpiece Mz Tirza. I believe you’d have copied the major media platforms. Getting it to the Flagstaff House wouldn’t be a big deal I suppose. You’re definitely not a social democrat I guess. Lord have mercy on our souls anyway
🙂 🙂 Let’s hope it does get there….
Bullseye! Very well said. I hope he gets to read this and does something fast! We’ve been trying to get his attention for too long! Nyame nti Ghana b3san afa ne ntoma pa afira!
Amen!! There’s hope in prayer for our nation!☺
This piece is wonderful! Creative,Poetic and above all the message it contains…. Kudos Tirza!
Thanks Dozzie… you know you helped 😉
nice piece Elise. well said! !!!
Thanks Ophelia 🙂
wow!!!…….. I haven’t been following recent happenings on the political scene but u’ve given me a fair idea of how things look……. Good job Elise….. I loved the piece 🙂
Thanks a lot Larry… I’m glad 🙂
Nice one Elise, keep it up
Thanks Ella 🙂 I will.
Awesome! Very nice piece. Well writing well said. Our President, vice and Paliamentarains must ready this. By the way “where is the vice president of our mother land”
Nice piece. Though the president is to be held accountable for whatever that goes on in the country, i believe every Ghanaian has a role to play in nation building. Let’s do our parts in our own little ways and hope for the best. Good work Elise.
Thanks Henry… Ghana is our home… we definitely have a lot to do as patriotic citizens!
This must certainly get to the president. Razor edged, focused and makes an exciting read.You clearly touched on the true, positive state of the well meaning Ghanaian, no bias, nation centred. Am proud of you, kudos Elise!
Thanks a lot Sammy! 🙂
A very nice piece. I hope the president and other government officials get to read it. Keep it up.
Thanks Fiifi! I’d like to believe that by now they’ve at least heard about this lol 🙂
*Proceeds to elect Elise as president.* *Thanks The Lord that there are beings in existence who share this level of thought.*
Hahaha, Thank yoouu….. but I don’t think that I’m at that president level yet… maybe one day, at least I have one vote already 😉
Truth be told, it’s a good piece worth reading, and thank you for the insight, we rally along side you, E.
Thanks Lado…. Glad you can relate 🙂
Very interesting and true..political affiliation before national patriotism..superb piece, well done