Rawlings Was Not Good For Ghana, Says Prof. Ayittey

To Nigerians who hold a romantic view of the military adventures of Jerry Rawlings in Ghana, Ghanaian-born Prof. George Ayittey said Rawlings was not good for Ghana. He made the assertion in an interview with SaharaTV over the weekend.

 

“If you believe Rawlings was good for Ghana, then I will tell you that Abacha was also good for Nigeria,” Prof. Ayittey said “You cannot praise one dictator and condemn another. This is just wrong. I mean, get this, no military dictator, in fact no military man has brought last prosperity to any African country. None. Never.”

The professor of Economics at American University in Washington DC made these statements while analyzing last week’s election in Ghana. George Ayittey condemned the idea of the Africa strong man and the politics of exclusion in an interview with SaharaTV’s Rudolf Okonkwo.

 “The problem with today is that all political power is concentrated in the capital cities, making it a treasure to be captured. Once a group captures that power, they use it to enrich themselves, their cronies, and families while excluding everybody else. It becomes something of a political apartheid.”

The economist and president of the Free Africa Foundation was very harsh in his criticism of these dictators.

“One has to be careful about these undemocratic leaders who are praised to the sky when they come into power. Look at Kagame from Rwanda, look at Museveni from Uganda, remember when these leaders came to power, we praised them. What happened to these leaders, and also Zenawi of Ethiopia, Afewerki of Eritrea, Kabila of Congo.  These leaders simply turned out to be old wine in new bottles, you know crackpot democrats. They have been a huge disappointment in my view.”

He was also not favorable of the influence of the US and the West, whose track record does not speak well for their ability to bring positive change in Africa.

“Look, the US gave money to Ethiopia because Zenawi claimed to be fighting terrorism, money to Uganda's Museveni for the same thing, and Mubarak of Egypt, Ben Ali of Tunisia and so, on. The West and Obama are pushing their own geopolitical agenda. While they make overtures to Africa for development, the fact, however, is that if you look at some of the leaders that the US has backed in Africa and other countries, they have not been the best for the people.”

Dr. Ayittey ended on a note of inclusion, stating that this is what will bring peace and development to the continent, but Africans must learn to do it themselves.

 “We Africans have to solve our own problems, instead of each time there is an issue in Africa, we run to the international community for help like crybabies. Nobody is going to save Africa except ourselves.”

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two clowns

one clown - Okonkwo - interviewing another clown !

is there ANY medicine for/against diasporitism???

the man - double-O - says America is so bad ...

if she is so, I would repatriate seff and children to Naija same day,
but Sahara dare not publish this ...

C'est gratuit, as the French say, and sometims those 'frog-eaters' are right:
cheap, cheapest verbiage.

I shall go for PIUS and Okey N. any time instead of that cheapish word-monger.

may village headmaster Segun Olusola and Ken Saro-W. hit 'im propa whenever he arrives up there !!! U(down there where according to DANTE the mis-users of language are to rot in you-know-where!!!)

Prof-of-penkele-punishmens

Re: Sorry Prof. Ayittey

How can you go about life planning evil against your neighbor and wishing them death? It means if you had the means you would carry out your murderous intents. How are you better than the current oppressors? How would you feel if you were in their shoes... living your life in blissful ignorance and have somebody (or people) stalking you to take your life as soon as they have the opportunity? How would you feel?

The people you are plotting their deaths were also created by God. They peoples brothers, fathers, uncles, children, daughters, wives, etc.

God desireth not the death of a sinner but rather that they may turn from their wickedness and live.

You need to be going on about the business (and desires) of your father (God) if you believe in him.

Na so I see am oo..

Was man hier versucht

Was man hier versucht auszudrueken, wird nicht von vielen verstehen.

Sorry Prof. Ayittey

No sir reeee. Prof., you got this all wrong. You lost my respect on this one. How can you compare Rawlings to Abacha? I know you are not a Nigerian, but Nigerians that follow "current affairs" history will know that Nigerians wished we can raise someone like Rawlings in Nigeria. I'll give it to Rawlings, he started what most Ghanaian are now enjoying in Ghana today.
I don't know what you have against Rawlings, but kudos to him. He saved Ghana and we Nigerians are praying for someone like him.
Please sir, set your differences with Rawlings aside and give the man the honor he deserved.

Zakari Gundah DOES NOT GET IT!

Zakari, when you say something that is not true, you are a LIAR. When you are a LIAR, you are DISHONEST. If you are OLD and does not think straight, you are SENILE. You are free to express your view but not by deliberately LYING. It is INDECENT to LIE and to support a LIAR. It is people like you who allow devaluation of human values because you PROP UP LIARS under the gab of "decency." AYYITEY, just like Achebe, is DISHONEST and a LIAR. Simplicita!

Very indecent!!!

Haba, Mr/s Anonymous.
You deployed "Liar", "dishonest", "senile", "idiot" just to disagree with someone's view? It was not decent even for people to merely read it let alone writing it. Too bad!

Very indecent!!!

Haba, Mr/s Anonymous.
You deployed "Liar", "dishonest", "senile", "idiot" just to disagree with someone's view? It was not decent even for people to merely read it let alone writing it. Too bad!

No Need 2

Selbst im Tod das Opfer machen wir gesetzt Millions frei von den Unterdrückern von Nigeria und kommenden Generationen werden uns als Reformer erinnern, wobei dieser am Kopf, wir haben keine Angst, die krank unserer Gesellschaft zu konfrontieren und senden alle Verantwortlichen an die Dunkelheit unter der Erde und dem Geist unserer Väter, die für die Unabhängigkeit gekämpft wird in Frieden ruhen.

No Need

Gentlemen, there is no need to argue about whatever the man said, that is his own opinion, i will implore you to get ready as Nigeria will continue to remain intact but none of these past nor present leaders and their conspirators will go without being punished, instead of wasting your time on this board, why don't you just go and get prepared, the reformers will need all your supports and energy.

The people you see today that seems untouchable will be forgotten sooner than you can imagine.
Please tighten your belt, this is the peak and we can't go on any longer, and likewise they can't hide any longer neither their children nor their loots.

Nigerians, remember you had denounced Idiagbon, Nzeogwu etc. hope you will not denounce the young men who now wants to create a better future for Nigerians of all generations.

prof u got wrong

Prof u got it all wrong, do you cal what we r xperiencing in naija now a democratic setting? All we'r praying for right now is JJ Rawlings to cleanse our land and we shall for ever be grateful to him. unfortunately our military have become docile n what we have now are pepper soup generals. The crop of plotirickers must leave d stage, we have had it oooooh!

AYITTEY: THE ACHEBE OF GHANA

Chinua Achebe is a LIAR. Ayittey is also a LIAR. AYITTEH IS THE ACHEBE OF GHANA. A dishonest man who tries to pull a wool over the eyes of the rest of us. He is engaged in barefaced lies about the History of Ghana as it relates to our JJR. This is malicious. But he has failed woefully. How can anyone with average sense of HISTORY say such an eggregious thing about our own JJR? Ayitteh is either senile like Achebe or he is confused thoroughly. He is a certified idiot for such a comment. He needs to go and see a therapist.

Mr. Akinwumi Komolafe - Fa, fa, fa, foul

Looks like you and our confused Prof are bedmates. And you picked South Korea as your example. Did you know that most of the past rulers of South Korea were military dictators?

JJR: Angel in Human Skin

JJR was and is still an "ANGEL IN HUMAN SKIN." He is a TRUE PATRIOT with appropriate sense of History. He loved his country and his people. He risked his life for their progress and sacrificed everything he had. He was honest, dedicated, sincere, focused, determined and successful. JJR is one of the greatest Africans that ever lived. His worth is yet unknown. History will judge him right and place him appropriately. George Ayyitey is a confused man who does not know whar he is saying. The fact that you an Economist should not erase your sense of History. He sounds like an old idiot!

AYITTEY: THE ACHEBE OF GHANA

Chinua Achebe is a LIAR. Ayittey is also a LIAR. AYITTEH IS THE ACHEBE OF GHANA. A dishonest man who tries to pull a wool over the eyes of the rest of us. He is engaged in barefaced lies about the History of Ghana as it relates to our JJR. This is malicious. But he has failed woefully. How can anyone with average sense of HISTORY say such an eggregious thing about our own JJR? Ayitteh is either senile like Achebe or he is confused thoroughly. He is a certified idiot for such a comment. He needs to go and see a therapist.

dat professor

kwestshons:

1. was dat prof there?
2. has he been back to Ghana since?
3. where is Rawlings hiding his billions?

the man is an economist and not a political scientist,
and he is an opportunist by adding that anti-West argument, to play to the gallery.

Comparing JJ to Achebe is an insult to Chinua

Prof-who has been following Ghana's development since 1962,
and visiting ever since then.

RE:WHO JAH BLESS, NO PROF CURSE1

My thoughts exactly. This Prof really got it wrong on this one!

Onye Igbo, well done. If

Onye Igbo, well done. If Murtala or Idiagbon or Nzeogwu had succeeded .....

Where on earth is this prof

Where on earth is this prof from? How can you compare JR with Abach, JR killed all the treasury suckers of Ghana, so that the good ones will rule for the masses to have the dividend of good government, please tell me if Abach have any of these ideas in mind, Abacha was there to enjoy with his family, and amass wealth for his generation yet unborn, Mr Prof, I beg to disagree with you sir, they are simply incomparable. If not for JR, Ghanians would still be in Nigeria to day doing all the odd jobs,all we need and praying for in Nigeria is one Nigerian Rawling, that wil cut the life of all these thieve politicians short for the masses to enjoy like Ghana.

Rawlings Was Not Good For Ghana??

Prof I disagree. Lets have half Rawlings in Nigeria we will celebrate.

Hahahahahah!!!

Does this man know how the average Nigeria without political affiliations view General Abacha? I for one respect Sani because of the economic stability that was achieved under him. Rawlings is and remains a most popular personality in Ghana due to his mass appeal and affability.George Ayittey has been a very funny character,this man once described president Jonathan as a fool and so I will not waste my breathe on him.He cannot win a pooling booth in his village.

This is the kind of man I want kidnappers to grab. Sorry!

If you believe Rawlings was good for Ghana, then I will tell you that Abacha was also good for Nigeria,” Prof. Ayittey said “You cannot praise one dictator and condemn another. This is just wrong. I mean, get this, no military dictator, in fact no military man has brought last prosperity to any African country. None. Never.”

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I think this man is laughing at us Nigerians. He can not be serious. Has this man been to naija? This is the kind of man I want kidnappers to grab then, he will appriciates Ghana saviour... JJ Rawlings. Prof, you do not know ABACHA puhleezz

Rawlings was VERY GOOD for Ghana! (2)

And it is laughable that Prof. Ayittey compares Rawlings with Abacha. In what context? Is it in Abacha collaring over US$10 BILLION out of the national treasury? Or the manner he rendered prostrate every arm of governance? By the way, Abacha was not the most destructive leader of our national ethos. That ignoble position goes to IBB. He was the man who among inumerable misdeeds, cornered 7 of Nigeria's then choicest oil blocks and farmed 6 to his proxy, MA, while his wife, Maryam, was offered one which she handed to her own proxy, her seamstress now reputed to be one of Africa's richest. The OPPOSITE of Ghana's Rawlings in Nigeria is IBB, not Abacha.

It is nonsensical to talk about all military leaders as dictators and therefore not good for political leadership. The world over is replete with military men who as leaders of their country changed the economic and social dynamics for the betterment of the citizens. By the way, what do you call the present "democracy" in Nigeria?

Rawlings was VERY GOOD for Ghana! (1)

I expect a Professor of Economics to also have some knowledge of history. First, he condemns Rawlings achievements. He may have his angst, personal or otherwise, probably one of the thieving Generals his regime executed was his relation, but he cannot pull wool across our eyes merely because he is a Ghanaian citizen.

Ghana was going the destructive route of present Nigeria before Rawlings stepped in. My work in the 1980s used to take me to Ghana every other week. In the best hotels there, you would hardly get a can of coke to buy. The economic situation was dire. Rawlings led by example and changed the landscape. That political and corporate corruption in Ghana is not to the extent we have in today's Nigeria is because of Rawlings. If Buhari/Idiagbon were in power for the duration Rawlings led Ghana, I bet you the level of corruption and out right looting of state resources in present Nigeria would not be to the extent we have today.

Ghana

Has Ghana really achieved a great tecno-economy fit, let say some measure closer to that of South Korea?I dont think so. Ayittey has some points.Dictatorship has never achieved any extraordinary fit for any African State.

This man has gone senile,

This man has gone senile, comparing Abacha with JJ Rawlings. You are a Ghanain, I wouldn't know what your grouse with Rawlings is. Back here, we know Rawlings as the one who cleaned up the same stench we have had in Nigeria up to date, in Ghana. We were told Rawlings stole no single cedi of Ghana. Can you say same for Abacha, IBB, Abusalami Abubakar etc. of Nigeria? Fruits don't grow in the air but on trees planted in the past. Whatever political and economic stability Ghana is enjoying today was instituted by someone, and that was JJ Rawlings.

Ingrate Prof

This so called professor is an ingrate. JJ Rawlings is the best that ever happened to Ghana. He as a Ghanaian should be grateful to JJ for ever. Ingrate Professor. Nigerians are yearning for a JJ to reset the system and give us a new start. Don't mind this useless professor, na old age dey worry am!

A conversation with Ayittey! No, not fair, not true!

This analysis is a historical solecism! I am a Nigerian-American academic who happens to be a historian! My problem with the learned professor who I respect so much is that he conveniently ignored the role of history! How could he compare JJR with Abacha in anyway? This is unfair generalization. Rawlings never stole a cedi from Ghana. whatever dividend of democracy or stability and any sense of national identity that Ghana enjoys today is only possible because of Rawlings vision for Ghana! while it is true that military dictatorship is never good, the context changes everything and Rawlings coup was not about avarice but about a new sense of identity. He Succeeded. In fact, Rawlings arguably is the father of modern Ghana and my learned coleague knows that. What would have become of Ghana if Rawling didnt save it from those greedy corrupt generals! I wish, if and only if Murtala or Idiagbon had succeeded, Nigeria would have been a different place! By d way, I am Igbo!

WHERE WAS THIS AYITTEH IN 70S?

Chances are that this Ayitteh is Ashanti. Ashantis hate Jerry Rawlings with passion even though he married an Ashanti woman. Ashantis hate Rawlings because he executed 3 former heads of state. For many years, Afrifa, Acheampong and Akufo - all Ashantis, had Ghana in a strangle-hold, sucking life out of Ghana and dehumanizing them.
Where was this Ayitteh in the 70s and early 80s when close a million Ghanaians were slaving away in Nigeria? They are back home now building their country.
Thanks to Rawlings, he liberated Ghana. Rawlings planted the seed of Democracy in Ghana. He was the first leader who actually put the people first.

This is another Achebe for

This is another Achebe for Ghana.Confused man.Too much reading can sometinmes be a problem.

WHO JAH BLESS, NO PROF CURSE2

A friend of mine was laughing at Rawlings when his house in Accra got burnt. He was like: Good for him, now he has nowhere to live. That is why you guys need to worship him. When a councilor's house burns in Nigeria, he has 10 other houses waiting for him, built from stolen money.