A 28-year-old man taking part in the Occupy Flagstaff House protest has revealed he was prepared to set himself on fire in an Arab Spring style, but the current fuel shortage in the country meant he was unable to find even a gallon of petrol for his intended act of sacrifice.
“Things have reached a sad state in our nation, the government cannot provide even the basic social services. No running water, no electricity and can you believe that I can’t even find a drop of petrol to set myself on fire to demonstrate my displeasure! How depressing is this?” retorted the visibly frustrated young man.
He hoped to emulate Mohamed Bouazizi, the 26-year-old Tunisian who died after setting himself on fire in front of a government building in an act of economic despair. Bouaziz’s self-immolation was widely credited for spurring Arab Spring uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East.
The young Ghanaian who had spent last night queuing at a fuel station with his gallon in hope of finding a drop remarked, “this nonsense must stop. When I wake in the morning I have to choose between using my one bucket of water for showering or doing a number 2, then I commute to and from work on pothole ridden roads and when I come back home darkness awaits me! And this is not because I haven’t paid my taxes or my bills. The incompetence of our leaders is shocking, so we have come here to demand changes.”
Although none of the others present at the Occupy Flagstaff House protest was contemplating self-immolation, they were all happy to spend the Republic Day holiday marching to the Flagstaff House to register their discontent with the government’s failure to effectively tackle the myriad of challenges that are crippling the nation.