Watching the terrible toll of the fighting in Syria on the civilian population, the built environment and the country's infrastructure, I could not help but feel outraged that there are politicians in Ghana who want to lead our country, yet think nothing of taking our nation to the precipice in that quest.
Do we not have the tragic example of the Ivory Coast to learn from, I ask, dear reader?
Laid low by years of fighting, what was once a regional economic
powerhouse, is now a pale shadow of itself - and has years of catching
up to do. And all because it was unlucky to be cursed with a
short-sighted, narrow-minded and greedy ruling elite.
As we approach the date of the December presidential and parliamentary
elections, it is important that ordinary Ghanaians are alerted to the
importance of not allowing Ghana to be led down that selfsame path of
death and destruction by its ruling elites.
It is a task that ought to be taken up by the professional and
patriotic minority in Ghanaian journalism. They it is who man the
ramparts of the castle-of-truth in our democracy's fourth branch of
They have their work cut out. Surrounded as they are (on their tiny
island of truth) by an ocean of yellow journalism, on a daily basis,
they will have to navigate heavily polluted waters - choking with
flotsam and jetsam: made up of a motley collection of lies, bias,
unprofessional conduct and plain criminality.
They have only a few months left to convince ordinary Ghanaians that
electoral violence will set their country back decades - and turn their
lives upside down for generations.
Above all it must be made clear to Ghana's political class that
precipitating a descent into chaos and violence is not an option
available to any political party in Ghana.
It is important that patriotic media practitioners expose those
politicians who are so power-hungry that they are even prepared to see
our nation plunged into violence and chaos, if need be, to achieve the
selfish ends they seek.
It is pointless claiming to believe in the rule of law, if mindless
violence, instead of the law courts, is the preferred choice of
politicians in resolving electoral disputes.
Ghanains are a civilised people. We will not tolerate a descent into
violence and chaos - just to satisfy the ambitions of ruthless and
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