The marking of the African Union (AU) day has become a rendition of annual lamentations. We practically sound like a broken record anytime we discuss issues of AU on such a day like today.
Failure is staring at us and we may not overcome it. It has become an embarrassing spectacle for our generation’s inability to follow the footsteps of the founding fathers of the Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U) now African Union (AU).
We now have self-serving and self-seeking leaders, who have clearly lost touch with modern development theories and practical approaches to dealing with the many problems affecting the continent. The children of Africa are subjected to hunger and starvation, when the continent could produce enough to feed the world. Sometimes, one would want to think that, we just accompanied the rest of the world to mother earth, because we have practically become stooges, robots and manipulation tools of others.
We have election winning machines called political parties, who subject us to all manner of useless and senseless policies, they hire political science assassins to label as the best that ever happened to us just to win the next election. Some leaders have made themselves gods over their people and their countries, their personal properties. Maybe, we shall rise!!!
Rwanda is perhaps showing us the way. Without a so-called flourishing democracy, the Rwandans are gradually standing out as the big boys of Africa. President Paul Kagame is interested in telling his differently rather going to the West to present fine speeches for applause, when there’s a disconnect between his speech and the reality on ground.
Ghana has been touted as the beacon of the African democracy but the truth is, we haven’t significantly befitted from that international praise-singing democracy. When I read the fine economic figures, we are the fastest growing this or that, I don’t stop there, I ask what is the connection between the fine economic jargons and the reality on the Tamale central and the Lamashegu markets where I buy my tomatoes?
Our democracy must be meaningful not a job replacement election winning cycle. Dr Kwame Nkrumah once said: It is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems, and that this can only be found in African unity. Divided we are weak; united, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world. Long live the dreams of the founding fathers of the African Union.
By: Alhassan A. Ibrahim, radiotamale.com