Ghana has experienced series of military interventions that have truncated constitutional rule since the country attained independence from British West Africa in 1957. Even though the coup de’ et at occurred in different seasons and regimes, there often appear similarities in the factors that necessitated the takeover from the military. Economic woes, corruption, and failed leadership were often alluded to.
Even though the June 4th 1979 coup makers have identified the aforementioned factors, two things that stood in the military takeover, was first, the coup was led by Junior Military Officers and second, they allowed the third republican elections that were scheduled to take place in June 1979 to continue and subsequently they handover in later parts of 1979 to Dr. Hilla Liman the winner of the elections.
The coup d’ et at that later became a revolution was because Ghanaians have lost hope in the system and a hope for new direction was eminent. The revolutionaries provided what was the burning desire.
The failing economic conditions of the 1970s coupled with massive corruptions and bad leadership was not fixed, this has angered Ghanaians and coup d’ et at was largely endorsed. We cannot try to disassociate ourselves with historical records that have the potentials to sharpen our minds and could inspire us not to either repeat the mistakes that led to the uprising or continue to pretend and history will repeat itself in an ugly manner.
Today in Ghana corruption is cultured and wealth has become synonymous with nobility. No one cares how one accrued wealth and we all seem to be in to accumulate more money and material resources. We must be mindful that, some people are not happy that corruption has swept the moral values of Ghanaians and this development should send our memories back to the revolution; corruption was a big part of the myriad of reasons.
With the current development in Ghana visa via, the rising spade of insecurity, pervasive corruption, youth unemployment, poor working condition, bad road network, and tribal and religious bigotry and high cost of living. A well discerning Ghanaian must be concerned. After Three Decades of a revolution that gave birth to Modern Ghana, the state of retrogressing should be concerned to us all. Though the lead architect of the revolutions is no more his contribution to bringing Ghana by far is undisputed and we should take a clue from the historical events and be upright as a country.
We may unplug the celebration of June 4th in our history, but the memories and footprint cannot be erased in the minds of Ghanaians. We should rather take stock of the events and not repeat the mistake, as things stand now, the political leadership – multi-party democracy has only created a class system and massive poverty and underdevelopment. This is a worrying development.
There is indeed a culture of silence including opposition parties who have also shut up and waiting for the next election. It is a fact that Ghanaian have lost hope in multi-party democracy and so government must honour its promise, to redeem the hope of our countrymen and women.
The principles of probity, social justice and accountability as the tenants of the revolutions are relegated to the backdrop. We cannot afford to replay history.
Author: Tahiru Lukman
Tel: 0209154057 / 0551018778
Pan- African Author, Dev’t Consultant & Youth Activist
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