The founder of think tank, Danquah Institute and cousin to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Mr Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, has said sympathisers of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) are not afraid to criticise their own government – something he has advised the government to welcome and appreciate.
Mr Otchere-Darko said instead of worrying that its own party supporters and sympathisers openly criticise some of its policies, the government should rather see it as an opportunity to do better where it falls short, and to correct any false impressions created.
Some sympathisers of the NPP have not been shy to openly express their disapproval with some government policies such as the introduction of the double-track system as part of the free SHS policy, the construction of a national cathedral and parliament’s botched plan of building a new chamber. Some sympathisers also have joined demonstrations in demand for good roads and over general economic hardships.
Mr Otchere-Darko, in a Facebook post, said the impatience of Ghanaians is justified because a lot of time has been wasted by subsequent governments in advancing the development of the country.
His post read: “The advantage this government has, which many of its own people may not appreciate, is that its sympathisers are honest about their feelings and say it as they see it. NPP people are not afraid to criticise their own government. They see themselves first and foremost as citizens. Country before party.
“We must welcome this. Let’s see it as rather an opportunity to do better where we fall short or to simply correct where the impression is false.
“But, let’s be moderate in how we respond to criticisms, even when we passionately disagree. It can only make us and Ghana better.
“We have wasted so much time in Ghana that our people are genuinely and understandably impatient.
“When all is said and done, please remember: #TheAlternativeIsStillScary”.