Muslim Leadership And Ghana’s Political Landscape

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Inna Hajar Diko

 

 

Politics, they say is a dirty game, how true is this statement?

 

Is it because one promises to do something for one’s people but fails to deliver or one steals the opponent’s policies?

According to Wikipedia, Politics is the way that people living in groups make decisions. Politics is about making agreements between people so that they can live together in groups such as tribes, cities, or countries. In large groups, such as countries, some people may spend a lot of their time making such agreements. These people are called politicians.

 

The story of the oak tree as said by elders was that it was once a beautiful tree but became so proud of it self that the gods turned it upside down. So when you look at the oak tree you realize its top looks like the roots.

 

Power, just like fire is a good servant when used well but becomes a bad master if an individual allows it to consume him or her.

 

My community which is an Islamic community is a well-organized one in terms of mobilizing people but far from that the indicators that show a community is on its track to the achievement of a developed society are very negative, and we must call a spade a spade.

 

We are in a democratic country and by that my community has Muslim political leaders whose decisions affects the life of the community.

 

Again I am from a community where our religious leaders “the imams” have a strong voice but it is unfortunate due to sectarianism and other mere issues they can hardly unite for the cause of community development.

 

The Arabs have a saying that ” if a crescent will grow into a full moon you can see it from its illumination”, it is rather pitiful that over the past 20 years of democracy politics have not been able to help shape the direction of my community towards development.

 

Politicians have taken us for a free ride and it continues to gain grounds because our imams who are supposed to put them on track can hardly unite to give the community well developed plan that will aim every activity towards it.

 

Our votes the politicians know can be easily bought by mere bags of rice, free Hajj packages, empty promises at gatherings among others.

 

Political leaders have done so little and our religious leaders have contributed to that because they hardly come out to voice their dismay about the conditions of the community and even if they do they center the blames on the youth.

I am looking forward to the day when our leaders will invite politicians and ask them to come out with their plans for the Muslim community.

I am looking forward to the day when the politicians will dread meeting the Muslim community knowing that issues they raise will be held against them if they fail to do so.

I am looking forward to the day when our leaders will demand for educational infrastructure instead of the bags of rice and cooking oil we receive twice every year.

Unfortunately, the Muslim youth is always blamed when anything goes wrong in the political landscape of this country

 

Why is the burnt child to blame when his mother always allows him to play by the fireside?

 

How good is our health care services yet monies are used to build hospitals?

 

What’s the enthusiasm level for education in our youth, and how many high quality educational institutions can we boast of?

 

How many critical thinkers have we developed and whose recommendations for development is always accepted and utilized?

 

When was the last time we walked in the hood without being welcomed by defecation and all other unhygienic spectacles?

 

When was the first time the many banks on our streets organized developmental-oriented programs for the community or training programs for the youth?

 

Where are we going? What are our goals as a community?

 

I am afraid nowhere since our Imams, chiefs Muslim brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers in politics are doing nothing to develop our community but rather promise us heaven on earth just to solicit our votes and when they win they leave us with one-eyed open face dying slowly of regrets.

 

I hope someone will answer these questions

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