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Sam Jonah’s speech triggered the #FixTheCountry campaign – Nana Ofori Owusu

The National Chairman of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Nana Ofori Owusu, says the Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Sir. Sam Jonah’s claim of the return of culture of silence birthed the ‘Fix The Country’ campaign aimed at getting the country’s leaders to provide amicable solutions to problems impeding the progress of Ghana.

In a speech to Rotarians in Accra titled ‘Down the up escalator – Reflection on Ghana’s future by a senior citizen, Sir Sam Jonah insinuated that the country seems to be in a culture of silence.

“What is baffling is that those who used to have voices on these things seem to have lost their voices. People speak on issues based on who is in power. Is our deafening silence suggesting that we are no longer concerned about issues that we complained about not too long ago, particularly when those issues persist…..The molestation of and in some cases assassination of journalists, murder of MPs, corruption, the harassment of anti-corruption agents.

“We have just finished another election, the 8th in the series since the beginning of our fourth Republican democratic experiment. As usual, the accolades came in from all corners of the world, and we took them with pride. What we failed to tell the world is that some people lost their lives in the course of the election,” he said.

His assertion has been greeted with divergent views in the traditional and on social media

Speaking to Original 91.9FM’s Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Tuesday morning, the National Chairman of the PPP said, “to me, in my analyses, it served as the catalyst which pushed them [the campaigners] to come out and speak their mind.”

He observed that the culture of silence has long existed due to how the incumbent government abuses state apparatus to silence its critics.

“It is true. It’s something I have been drumming since 2018/19. It seems we have a culture when you speak up then they come after you. I linked it to the financial sector clean-up. When you criticised you are attacked.

“Recently, when Captain Smart spoke against the government they used the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to pressurize his boss. If it is the truth it’s part of the culture of silence. We are cowing people into silence,’ he intimated.

Fix The Country campaign

Irate Ghanaians have been venting their fury at the country’s leaders over the failed systems making lives unbearable for the citizenry.

The youth-dominated advocacy commenced on Twitter and garnered thousands of reactions on the various social media platforms.

Using the hashtag #FixTheCountry they shared their sentiment on the rising youth unemployment, high cost of living, dilapidated health system, skyrocketing home-renting structure, poor road networks among others.

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Origianlfmonline.com | Ghana

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