group which calls itself the Economic Fighters League has issued a statement expressing their disappointment in what K T Hammond said regarding the youth, which is that “the youth are not fit to lead the country.” This comment hasn’t gone down well with the youth of the country, which has got many reacting.
Kobina Tahir Hammond is a lawyer and Ghanaian politician. He is the Member of Parliament representing the Adansi-Asokwa constituency of the Ashanti Region of Ghana in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana. He is a member of the New Patriotic Party.
The full statement from the Economic Fighters League reads:
It is a known fact that the future of any society or nation rests with the youth; we are the leaders and builders of tomorrow. And yet statements such as those made by Adansi Asokwa MP K.T Hammond come as no surprise when one considers the absurdity of the fact that Ghana, a nation whose youth constitute over 60% of its population, upholds a constitution that categorically prohibits the youth from actively engaging in the governance process beyond the self-serving ballot harvesting that the establishment performs every 4 years. K.T. Hammond’s words represent the views of that establishment.
And what a rotten establishment it is. For the first time in the political history of Ghana, we have a hung parliament with equal numbers for both the NPP and the NDC, a parliament that jointly supervises the most corrupt administration in our national history. There is a gross lack of accountability in all sectors from the introduction of sham levies to the securing of government loans, actions passed by this hung parliament while they feign ignorance and shift blame along partisan lines.
Everything in this country is failing, from education to health, agriculture, and the economy; our education systems are failing and youth unemployment is out of control, yet people like Mr Hammond, who has for over twenty years been MP of one of the poorest constituencies in Ghana, speak and act with impunity and arrogance, calling their corruption governance and the youth, lazy and stupid. In 2019 this same Mr Hammond told us Parliamentarians “won’t sit under trees” in defence of a new parliamentary chamber, when many youths in his home constituency are schooling under trees.
Our nation, our resources, and our power, have been stolen from us in broad daylight; our rivers look like creamy tea, our cedi is a joke, we are being taxed at every corner with no evidence of development; and yet still, every four years, the youth of our beloved Ghana (who constituted over 75% of voter turnout in the 2020 elections) go to the polls and elect these nation wreckers back into power, thus extending the oppressive rule of the rotten NPP-NDC duopoly over us. Why won’t these same thieves turn around and tell us our heads are empty?
Look around the world and you will find that the majority of development is driven by youthful innovation. The youth actively claim their power, demanding their place in governance and defining their futures. Thomas Sankara showed the world what radical governance could do in the short 4 years before his assassination at the age of 38. In 2019, 75% of Sweden’s Members of the European Parliament were aged between 30 and 49. Xavier Espot Zamora became Prime Minister of Andorra at 40; Carlos Alvarado Quesada became President of Costa Rica at 39. Historically, Alexander the Great ascended the throne at age 20; John F. Kennedy was inaugurated at 43; Queen Yaa Asantewaa was enstooled in her 40’s; Kwame Nkrumah became prime minister at 42 and founded Ghana at 48; Jesus began his ministry at 30. Even the imperialist Macron became president of France at 39.
The unfortunate tragedy in Ghana and much of Africa is that individuals of retirement age have hijacked the reins of government, disenfranchising the youth of their role in governance and leaving them sorely underrepresented. Able-bodied and minded youth is wasting away, uneducated, unsupported and unemployed while ‘elders’ slumber and steal at the wheels of governance, only to blame the disenfranchised youth for their own deliberate incompetence.
The Economic Fighters League calls on Ghana youth to rise. Arise! Join us in dismantling this oppressive system that marginalises us. We must demand and BUILD a new system that promotes inclusive governance and equal opportunities for all. We must reclaim our nation for the sake of all its people.
We deserve better, Ghana youth.
Ghana deserves better.