Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid has said the youth in Ghana can succeed “even if the devil is President of Ghana.”
According to him, the youth primarily need to persevere and be determined to succeed instead of seeking greener pastures in other countries like Libya or in Europe.
He suggested that bad leadership and a corresponding poor economic condition was not a good enough reason to undertake such deadly voyage.
Mustapha Hamid’s comment comes on the back of the global wave over modern slavery involving black Africans in Libya.
Reports indicate that victims of the dehumanizing practice including Ghanaians, Ethiopians, Sudanese and Nigerians who left their countries to seek greener pastures in Libya, with some using that country as a route through the Mediterranean into Europe.
Some have said that the illegal immigrants cannot be blamed for the situation, rather, the leadership of the various countries for their superintending poor economic conditions.
But Mustapha Hamid who spoke at an Open Forum on migration at the University of Ghana, said, “let us tell our young people, that… even if the devil is president of Ghana, and they have the willpower, the determination to succeed in their country, then they will succeed.”
He noted that the Ghanaian youth need to change their mindset and develop ingenious ways to succeed rather than accumulating money to travel illegally to Europe.
He said they should invest their monies into profitable ventures and ideas that will help them succeed in the country.
“If you have been able to….like somebody said, mobilize $1,500 of your money, that means you are ingenious enough to succeed in this country,” he said noting that the Ghanaian youth must change his perception and develop a spirit that will enable him thrive in the country even under the worse economic circumstance.
A total of 127 Ghanaian illegal migrants who were in detention camps in Libya returned home last Wednesday.
The Ghanaians and some other black Africans were reported to have been subjected to inhumane treatment after giving away their life’s earnings and making torturous journeys through the Sahara hoping to make it big in Europe.
Two chartered flights full of Ghanaians touched down at the Kotoka International Airport on Wednesday night.