The member of Parliament for the Tamale North Constituency, Honorable Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini has brilliantly jumped into the defense of a statement by former President Mahama that has attracted widespread criticisms.
Former President John Dramani Mahama is currently on a "Thank You" tour across the country and on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, he was in the Bono East to express his gratitude to the people of the region. Speaking in the studios of Akina FM in Techiman in the Bono East region, the former President highlighted lessons learned from the 2020 general elections. He reiterated that past events have shown the NDC that elections are won at the polling stations and that they were not going to let their guard down in 2024. He further reiterated that it was going to "do or die" and that the right thing must be done.
The "do or die" portion of his statement has not gone down well with a lot of people especially his political opponents and they have criticized him a lot with some asking him to retract and apologize.
Speaking on TV3's "Newday" show today September 8, 2021, the Tamale North Legislator brilliantly quelled the criticism on his Boss by giving an elaborative response. He indicated that people should not look for the meaning of his statement on the face of it but should strive to consider the context within which he made the statement. He further proffered that it was important to consider the fact that the former President clarified by adding; "I do not mean all die be die".
He pulled up the meaning of the phrase in a dictionary and further entreated people to look it up if they have any difficulty understanding what the President actually meant so as to not be misled.
" Do or die is an English phrase. It is not about what he means but about what it means. The phrase do or die means; "to persist even if death is the result". It is not to "kill" but to "persist" even if death is the result. That is why he was careful to add that; " I'm not saying all die be die" because he was mindful of the English phrase he was using. So it is not about what he means but about what you and I were thought in school. Even if we were not taught, we were taught that if you do not understand a word or a phrase you refer to your dictionary", he said.
Alhassan Suhuyini proceeded to cite examples in some polling stations in the 2020 elections where the NDC polling station agents persisted and won the seat for a Constituency and another, where the polling station agents relaxed and ended up losing the seat in that constituency.
He mentioned that it is the NPP who are trying to propagate an agenda by quoting the former President out of context to mislead Ghanaians.
I took the initiative to find the meaning of the phrase "do or die" and this is what I got.
Attached is a link to the video for your perusal; https://fb.watch/7UsKYjE3iM/
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