The National Chairman of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Nana Ofori Owusu, has backed Sir Sam Jonah’s assertion that the culture of silence has suddenly returned in the country.
At a Rotary function in Accra, Sir Sam Jonah said in a speech titled ‘Down the up escalator – Reflection on Ghana’s future by a senior citizen, 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.
But Nana Ofori Owusu shares the same sentiment with the Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast stating that the government attacks individuals who contrary views.
In an exclusive interview with Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Original 91.9FM’s Adwenekasa on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, Nana Ofori Owusu said, “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 criticise 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
“You are sitting behind your console airing your views; doing your job as a media person then they caution your boss to be careful of you else he’ll be dealt him. There was the party chairman in Kumasi [Chairman Wontumi] who issued threats to Dr. Kwaku Oteng for allowing his employer to go ahead with his assigned duties. Shortly after his threats, he was suspended. It is part of the culture of silence.”
He noted that the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led administration uses the state machinery against its critics to silence them.
“How come when one speaks against the state you use the power of the state and threats to stop the person from speaking their mind? This is part of the danger that we find ourselves in, so, when Sam Jonah made the statement I said he’d reiterated my sentiment
“The history of this in Ghana is evident. B. A Mensah and Tata Brewery Limited [J.K. Siaw] were destroyed because of politics. In the end, your business is destroyed that is why a person like Dr. Kwaku Oteng as strong as he is quiet because what has happened to Dr. Nduom, Dr. Duffour, and key people who were businessmen and politicians That’s what creates the culture of silence. Everyone is afraid of the repercussion of what will happen if they speak up, so, when Sam Jonah spoke that has given up to this #FixTheCountry because people all of a sudden realized it is the truism things are not going well but we’re quiet. We are suffering but we are quiet.”
Nana Ofori Owusu, therefore, urged the government to be tolerant owing the country’s system of governance encourages divergent views.
The nature of democracy demands citizens to speak up if you’re a leader and you’re implementing your policies the beneficiaries will speak about it. You need feedback.”
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Origianlfmonline.com | Ghana