President Akufo-Addo, according to Manasseh Azure Awuni, editor of the Fourth Estate, has become the epitome of despondency in Ghana.
Hundreds of Ghanaians who had placed their faith in him ahead of the 2016 general elections, he claims, have been disillusioned by the President.
On UpFront on Thursday, the award-winning journalist reacted to President Akufo-recent Addo’s State of the Nation Address, saying that Akufo-speech Addo’s on Wednesday was unimpressive.
“If any State of the Nation Address meets my expectations, it isn’t what Mr. Akufo-Addo delivered. Because he has come to represent hopelessness in my view. I used to be one of those who cheered him most whenever he wanted to speak, but these days, I struggle to tolerate him when he’s speaking.
To put it in a better way, I find it difficult to listen to the President when he speaks. Because some of the things he said he will do and the things that gave some of us hope are things that we have not seen. It keeps getting worse”, he told host, Raymond Acquah.
Regarding the current state of Ghanaian youth, Mr. Azure stated that, given the current state of the country, many young people would not hesitate to flee the country if given the opportunity.
Politicians in Ghana, he believes, purposefully attract young people with alluring promises, only to fail them once they gain power. According to him, this has destroyed the hopes of many young people, instilling in them a sense of apathy.
Mr. Azure went on to say that young people in Ghana have lost faith in ‘hard work’ because those with merit are unable to thrive in their endeavors unless they have relationships and allegiances to those in power.