The five-time presidential candidate of the Nkrumaists party believes politicians must move away from the rhetoric and deceit and give the youth hope before they mass up against them at the seat of government – the Flagstaff House.
Dr Mahama said this at the National Peace Summit 2016 under the auspices of Rotary Club and EIB Election Hub at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.
Dr. Mahama stressed that jobs must be created to deal with the dire issue of unemployment which has brought about desperation among the Ghanaian youth.
According to him, until the challenges of the youth are addressed, the country is likely to experience the turmoil which befell Tunisia and other Arab nations in 2011.
“I believe that the young people are like atoms that we used to make either an atomic bomb or an atomic reactor. If you make an atomic bomb, you destroy. If you make an atomic reactor you produce energy,” he said.
Dr. Mahama noted that “some of you don’t know, Nkrumah wanted to produce an atomic reactor and the coup came and the reactors were picked up and sent somewhere. So, if these young people are not mobilised, given hope and given employment and are roaming the streets, we are going to have what is similar to the Arab Spring.”
He added that “if you ask Tunisia they are still reeling from it, if you ask Egypt they are still reeling from it, we should not let our young people get so desperate that they will go to the Flagstaff House and seize the country by force.”
Arab Spring refers to the democratic uprisings that arose independently and spread across the Arab world in 2011. The movement originated in Tunisia in December 2010 and quickly took hold in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan.