The Good Book, the Holy Bible, says “pride (or arrogance) goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Perhaps, the President, John Dramani Mahama, had this in mind when he cautioned his ministers against haughtiness, yesterday.
According to the President, he continues to receive numerous complaints from people about the arrogance exhibited by some of his appointees, and consequently asked them to remember that they serve at the pleasure of the people.
The Times sides with the President, that humility and modesty should be the hallmarks of his appointees.
Indeed, we think this caution should be directed not only at those holding political office, but also all persons in other positions of trust.
Very often, people in public office arrogate to themselves certain powers, and think they are more important than those who entrusted the honour to serve the nation to them.
They tend to forget that they hold their positions on behalf of the people, and therefore, are accountable to them.
Such office holders should take cognisance of the fact that they can lose their positions the same way they got them.
As the President succinctly put it, just as they have been appointed today, they could be removed tomorrow; they, therefore, need to remember always, that the offices belong to the people.
The Times urges our public office holders to take the President’s exhortation seriously, and mend their ways, to retain the respect and confidence the people reposed in them.
It pays to be humble; truly, it is better to humble oneself among the people, than don the cloak of arrogance, and lord it over them.