There's no gainsaying the fact that most ordinary Ghanaians are desirous of continuing to live in a nation that is relatively peaceful - compared to other nations on the continent of Africa.
Democracy is not just about institutions. It is also a way of life based
on tolerance. The cohesion of our country is coming under considerable
stress - often, as a result of violence associated with Chieftaincy
disputes and communal differences.
Most worrying of all is the possibility of electoral violence - as
December looms. For that reason, there is a desperate need for our
political leaders to tone down their public utterances.
Whatever may have prompted him to do so, we must take Nana Addo Danquah
Akufo-Addo's message wishing President Mills well - shortly before the
president left for America to see his doctors - at face value. It marks a
turning point for him - from the infamy of telling his supporters that:
"All die be die!".
Having set that conciliatory example, let him also encourage the more
bellicose amongst the hardliners in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) he
leads, to be more tolerant - as that is in the supreme interest of
One also hopes that President Mills, and the more moderate individuals
amongst the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC),
will do likewise for their party's hard-of-hearing hardliners too.
Above all, let the Ghanaian media strike a more tolerant pose, henceforth.
They ought to make protecting the national interest, and fighting
for what will benefit a majority of ordinary people at all material
times, the ethos that underpins their profession.
By so doing, they will be less amenable to manipulation by politicians.
Their role in Ghanaian society is not to advance the parochial
interests of political parties and politicians. It is, aside from
protecting the rights and liberties of Ghanaians, and being the
watchdogs for society, in our democracy, to make this a society in
which hidden evil is constantly exposed.
As they turn over a new leaf, one of the things the media can do, is
to preach the virtue of tolerance in the columns of Ghanaian
newspapers, and on the airwaves of Ghana's electronic media.
For the sake of our dear nation, and the well-being of all its
citizens, henceforth, let us all strive to make ours a more tolerant
society. Let us be more tolerant in Ghana.
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I was aghast, dear reader, as I noticed yet another example of yellow
journalism, in an edition of the counterfeited National Review
newspaper, being pointed to, by the host of Net2 Television's early
morning newspaper review programme, on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012.
It does not speak well of officialdom under the present regime at all,
that those evil minds behind that outrage, which the National Media
Commission (NMC); the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI); and the
headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the
Ghana Police Service, have all been made aware has nothing to do with
me - who originally registered the title with NMC but has not yet
started publishing it for lack of capital - have still not been
Are they waiting for it to publish some abomination that will result in a
calamity, before they act to arrest and prosecute the criminals behind
it? O, Ghana - enti ye ewieye paa eniea? Pity.