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Opinions Mon, 28 Feb 2011

Unblushing Leaders

How can the leaders of

this country be so shameless in spreading horrible news that will maculate the

image of the country? The leaders of the country must learn how to

solve problems that arise in

the country. In recent time, a lot of issues have arise and these issues have

been taken as a political statements and the most worrisome thing is that

whiles political members try to comment about the issues, they end up creating

another issue for the mass media to disseminate.

In recent time, the

2012 NPP Presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, unleashed a

firestorm with remarks made to party faithful at Koforidua. He addressing the

party faithful, Nana, a little in the moment and frustrated by the plight of

NPP foot-soldiers, urged the party faithful to be courageous and to be prepared

to fight for victory. According to the “Daily Graphic”, Nana said “For the 2012

elections, “all die be die” and we are going to match the NDC boot for boot and

nothing will be left to chance.” Elsewhere, the NPP candidate said “They say we

Akans are feeble or afraid and that once violence breaks up, we ran away but I

want to disabuse the minds of such people that we are brave and courageous

people just like our forebears who founded our political tradition.” This

statement Nana made raised a lot of debate both on air and indoors, every

Ghanaian need to know that whoever makes a statement is having his or her own

interpretations and his meaning alone must be taken into consideration. Nana

should have known also that he talking to NPP faithful means addressing the

public and all Ghanaians through the party faithfulness and so he should have

known how to make his statements. Nana's statement should have been very clear

and less ambiguous for the common Ghanaians to even understand every single

detail. Nana also made a big mistake by talking in a tribalistic manner

thinking he was addressing only Akans.

As if that was not

enough for the country and its investors, the president of the country also in

an instance commented about the statement made by Nana on an august moment that

very single Ghanaian was alert for the address. During the state of the nations

address, the president of the country President Prof. John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills

said and I

quote "Madam Speaker, as Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, and

having sworn to protect the integrity of Mother Ghana, I have put the security

agencies on red alert and they are under strict instructions to deal decisively

within the ambit of the law with anybody or group of persons who will attempt

to disturb the peace and stability of this dear nation of ours." He

continued, "We will not sit idly by and allow some persons to throw this

country into a state of chaos just to satisfy their self-centered and

inordinate political desires." This statement made by the president I hope

he really knows what he said, because the term "red alert" is a

military tem used to show the readiness of the military for war, it is the last

period in the life of the military before war, it is usually one hour or less

before war. So the president saying this I know he is not willing to scare the

investors of the country away, because the term is very alarming. The question

of the time is that if the president is ready to prevent any one from putting

fear into the country for his or her selfish interest, then why was he not able

to prevent the foot soldiers on that day? He said "Ghana will not die;

Ghana will live to proclaim the glory of God". Then what about the foot

soldiers Mr. President?

Another most

unimaginable thing is the statement made by Mr. Kennedy Agyapong, threatening

and raining insult on Alhaji Bature because of a statement the journalist made,

though the statement made by the journalist might be false, there is still the

need for the Honourable to keep the air free of those insults and threats. Oh

leaders of this country what are you

teaching the up- coming generations and leaders as well as the outside world, I

think it is time for our leaders to stop all these things and focus on more

important things that will aid development and unity and not those that will

bring retardation and instability.

Lamptey Alfred

Alfredlampey88@yahoo.com

Columnist: Lamptey, Alfred