AKUFO ADDO IS MEDIOCRE- Manasseh Azuri Awuni

Award-winning journalist, Manasseh Azuri Awuni has issued a scathing condemnation of the flag bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party in an open letter, describing him as mediocre. He therefore calls on the veteran main opposition leader to either cure himself of this major frailty or forget about the Presidency. To Manasseh, Ghanaian youth would not chose Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in place of President Mahama if the leadership mediocrity of persists. Please read the original open letter below.

“Dear Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,

Yesterday, I heard you on Joy FM’s news at 6PM. You were canvassing for votes at someone’s funeral. But that is not my mutton.

My beef is about your message. After taking your usual jabs at President Mahama and promising better health care and free (SHS) education, you kept on pleading with the voters to try you. You said you had come to them several times and went on to beg passionately and repeatedly that the voters should give you a chance, that they should try you.

I find your message awkward, uninspiring, and a recipe for mediocrity. I humbly submit to you that the presidency at this critical stage in our nation’s life is not a trial-and-error business. You are 72 years old, a dozen years above your retirement age. If you try and fail, you have nothing to lose. But my generation has a lot to lose if you try and fail.

You and your party have called the Mahama administration a mediocre one. But what you must not forget is that a mediocre opposition is bound to produce a mediocre government. And for your information, the stance of people like me on your free SHS has not changed since 2008. Make the nation better so that people can pay for their kids’ education. And who lied to you that free education at the senior high school level is the biggest problem in our education sector? Schools like Achimota, Mfantsipim and other first class senior high schools are deteriorating and are surviving on the benevolence of old students associations while basic schools across the country lack the most basic infrastructure as well as teaching and learning materials, even though the government has chalked major progress towards resolving them. Wake up to the reality, Mr. Flag Bearer!

In the coming days, you and your team should get a better message that can give hope for Change and transformation. That’s what Ghana needs now, not a trial-and-error President. Besides, when you preach change you should give your audience a good reason to change. Pastor Mensa Otabil said over the weekend that we should not measure our success based on the failure of others. And I have said before that no failure of the Mahama administration is enough reason to vote for the NPP.

Yours sincerely,

Manasseh Azure Awuni, concerned Ghanaian who thinks his nation deserves better than its trial-and-error opposition.”

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