A few weeks ago, I was on JOY Fm with a panel of others to discuss the lack of resignation culture in Ghana, especially in our political-sphere—and after recognising that as a people we don’t even care about the righteousness to resign when we fail, I added that the masses do not also pressure our leaders enough to resign in the face of incompetence (Listen to that discussion on JOY FM from Here If You Missed It)
No one resigns in Ghana—neither do incompetent politicians get sacked for the obvious mismanagement and corruption. Since no one is resigning and no one is being fired, we are stuck with rotten politicians who take everyone and everything including their own dignity for granted, perpetuating gross incompetence…
No one in this world wants to be held accountable, except the only few who have that rare conscience which dictates that, they ought to act according to promises or expectations—and when they fail those who place their hopes in them, they ought to cut their own legs by resigning. At least, that is the least they can do to show remorse and indicate that, they are sorry for the poor performance.
Though no one wants to resign, in every civilize part of the world, people resign each day—and this is not out of their own moral convictions but because they are forced to resign by the masses or those above them.
Of course, President Richard Nixon did not resign over the Watergate scandal because he just wanted to, but because he knew he had no choice and the pressures from his own friends and the American people were unbearable.
Are we putting enough pressure on those we put in charge of our country? I doubt so!
Just a few hours after UK’s election, Labour leader-Ed Miliband, UKIP leader-Nigel Farage and Lim Dem’s leader Nick Clegg have all resigned over poor electoral performance.
These politicians understand politics and somewhat try to keep to their words. They care about dignity and the measure of their performance. Even if they did not want to resign, they really couldn’t stand up there any longer because the pressures would have swept them off their feet.
But in Ghana, the cat won’t even resign over the missing meat!
UKIP’s Nigel Farage resigned because he promised that if he does not win his constituency parliamentary seat, he would resign. And since he did not win it, he has really resigned.
There is nothing like a honest politician so they say, but surely there are politicians who can’t look into the people’s eyes and take their own saliva back from the floor.
These are politicians who strive to hold onto dignity—something we lack in our part of the world, Africa.
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