Mills Calls Bluff Of Activists
PRESIDENT John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills has called the bluff of supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who have been complaining that they have not been rewarded for their sweat that brought the party to power.
Ostensibly fed up with this persistent hue and cry, the third President of the Fourth Republic took a swipe at the supporters, charging them to desist from passing such comments.
NDC disillusioned supporters across the country have been piling incessant pressure on the Mills Administration for failing to deliver on the promises of creating jobs and other material needs he made during the 2008 electioneering campaign.
Some of these disenchanted supporters have not only openly expressed their frustrations in the media, but have gone to the extent of attacking some District, Municipal and Metropolitan Chief Executives whilst giving them ultimatums to provide them with jobs.
President Mills made these remarks whilst speaking with Zongo supporters of the party at the forecourt of the Kumasi Central Mosque last Thursday, as part of his three-day thank you tour to the Ashanti region.
Justifying why the supporters must desist from making such comments, the law Professor said these supporters were not the only people who suffered for the party’s victory. “Some of our supporters have been saying that though they suffered to bring the party to power, they have not been rewarded, but I want such people to understand that they didn’t suffer alone but we all suffered,” he said.
President Mills opined that if the supporters were able to endure the suffering they went through during the eight-year rule of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, then they should not be angry with his ten-month old administration.
Stressing that his government’s inability to reward every supporter of the party was not deliberate, he enjoined the supporters to appreciate the enormity of the problem he inherited.
“My brothers and sisters, let me tell you that if you’re pulling something from the skies and is not forthcoming, then you must realize that something might be holding it tight,” President Mills stated.
The President noted that good things were in store for the supporters who suffered with him to bring the party to power. President Mills entreated the embittered supporters to appreciate the fact that it was not possible for him to reward every supporter of the party at the same time.
“I want to tell you that it’s normal for some of the supporters to have their rewards in the mornings whilst others would have their turns on the evenings,” he stressed. President Mills emphasized that “at times, those who exercise patience and wait for their turn in the evening, get the best deal”.
President Mills enjoined the aggrieved supporters not to allow themselves to be deceived by the propaganda of the opposition but should rather rally behind the administration to deliver on its promises.
President Mills also took a swipe at Ghanaians for persistently saying that they have not ‘seen anything’ since his administration took office ten months ago. He said if those championing this cause were able to endure the hardship the NPP government visited on them, they should not complain because his administration was only ten months old in office.
President Mills indicated that his silence over such calls did not mean he was incapable of responding to them but his attention is focused on how to build a better Ghana for all of us as he promised. He said very soon, the measures his government has put in place would start to bear fruits.