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13-Oct-2011  
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John Evans Atta Mills is beyond weak; he is missing in action, non-existent, and aloof. As dire as these phrases and adjectives are in describing the one who is president in name only, they underscore how chaotic Ghana has become, and if care is not taken, our dear nation could plunge into anarchy.

We have in Ghana today a government that has so woefully failed in handling the nation’s affairs that the most prominent news items are not government initiatives to solve the nation’s problems, not concrete nation building programs, but a rash of strike actions by nurses, teachers, doctors, police officers, even taxi drivers.

As if those were not bad enough, government officials spend their time raining insults on political opponents and media personalities, than they do creating and implementing solutions to the litany of problems facing Ghanaians. There is not one area where one can point to and say this is going in the right direction under the current administration.

The last time we checked, anarchy was defined as "political and social disorder due to the absence of governmental control." While our political and social discourse may not yet be disorderly, the absence of government control is highly apparent, and if unchecked, it would be just a matter of time before disorderliness engulfs the country.

Traveling by road from Kumasi to Tamale is akin to rolling the dice. You may or may not get there unscathed. The so-called Fulani herdsmen have taken control of the highways and are robbing road passengers with impunity. Hoodlums can physically prevent a former first lady and former presidential candidate from holding a legal, and peaceful rally, and the best that law enforcement personnel can do, rather than arresting them, is "negotiate" with them although it was not a hostage situation.

At times like these, even if the leader of a country cannot actively confront the problems and use his legitimate powers to solve them, a simple speech to the nation warning of dire consequences to those found to be affronting civil discourse goes a long way to restoring civility. And as ill as Mr. Mills is said to be, if he can stand on the podium at the United Nations and tell the whole world about Ghana’s "schools under trees," he can certainly sit down at his office and speak to the nation.

That thus far, Mills has refused to do even the barest minimum to arrest the deterioration, the civil decay, the lawlessness, and the encroaching anarchy shows his wanton abdication of duties associated with Ghana’s presidency. John Evans Atta Mills must step down as president because he is not acting like one.
 
 
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