Criticise Rather Than Insult The PresidentThe chairman of the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), Mr Laari Bimi, has stated that Ghanaians had the right to criticise the conducts of the President but not to insult him.
?The President is the symbol and spirit of the nation and must therefore be given the due respect?, he said.
In an interview in Accra yesterday, Mr Bimi said the current trading of insults by the former President, Flt. Lt. J.J. Rawlings, and people around him against the President, Mr J. A. Kufuor, was not acceptable.
?In the exercise of our right to free speech and freedom of assembly, we should not step out of the boundaries of decency?, he said, adding the current situation, if allowed to continue, would make the work of the NCCE difficult.
?Public confidence in the democratic experiment will also be undermined, if this beer bar and market place trading of insults continues. Here we are as the NCCE, preaching tolerance and respect for all shades of opinion and civic responsibilities, while some of our leaders are setting bad examples for our youth to follow?, Mr Bimi said.
?Once the president was elected as president, he represents God or Allah and any insult hurled at his personality and character must be condemned by all Ghanaians with good intentions?, he said.