The National Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammi Awuku, has urged Ghanaians to exercise restraint and help President Akufo-Addo to continue fixing the country.
He cited the popular saying that “Rome was not built in a day,” to especially advise the youth, that the ruling NPP government was not oblivious of the current times and the need to act.
Mr Sammi Awuku was responding to the social media pressure mounted on the government to solve issues affecting the country.
Since last Sunday, social media has been awash with posts demanding the government to attend to what was described as the plight of the ordinary Ghanaian.
The movement, which quickly spread like wild fire, with hash tag “FixTheCountry,” has moved to a planned street protest from a mere social media trend.
Some people had planned to come together to hit the street this Sunday, May 9, 2021 but the Police say the COVID-19 restrictions would not permit the protestors to embark on the march.
Speaking yesterday on Asempa FM in Accra, Sammi Awuku said: “Gradually we are fixing the country. Rome will not be built in a day.”
He continued that: “The government sympathises and empathises with every Ghanaian at this point in our lives; not only in Ghana but across the world.”
To the former youth leader of the ruling NPP, if leadership was being dishonest and not recognising the hardships, then people could conclude that this government was not being co-operative or not thinking about the citizens.
However, Sammi Awuku believes the attitude of the President rather places some responsibility on members and supporters of the ruling party.
The National Organiser wants the modesty of the President to be reflected in the lives of all appointees and all the party leadership.
The admonishment above comes at a time when initial approach by some party communicators on social media rather inflamed the tension, instead of dousing same.
As a response, some NPP communicators posted in response that those pushing for the government to fix the country should fix themselves first.
This infuriated the social media protestors, some of whom argued that when the NPP was begging for votes, they never told them to fix themselves first.
That notwithstanding, Sammi Awuku, during yesterday’s interview on Ekosii Sen on Asempa FM, indicated that it would be wrong for anyone to say that the concerns being raised were not well grounded.
Acknowledging that everybody expects development in the country, he was quick to add that the government shares in the views of every constructive criticism, genuine concerns and love for nation, “and not concerns tainted with mischief, malice or diabolic intent.”
He continued that: “I’ve been there before as a youth leader so I understand when the youth are complaining. I will plead with our communicators to explain the narrative to those who do not understand and disagree with people nicely when necessary.”
Meanwhile, he disagreed with the assertion that the Akufo-Addo government had turned its back on fixing the country.
Commenting on the intend demonstration and the position taken by the Police, Sammi indicated that if not for the COVID protocols, it is their civic right to express their opinions.
“However, if the opinions are expressed, which can make people demonstrate, it is important that answer are given.
“But, I want to repeat that Ghana is not like the UK, not like France but we are in our level as a nation. President Akufo-Addo and the NPP have managed the country well. People have confidence in the NPP when it comes to managing the economy well. So, come to think of it, if even under the NPP people are crying then how much more under the alternative…”