The Executive Director of Jatikay Center for Human Security and Peace Building, Mr. Adib Saani, has stated that he is quite disappointed in the ex-President, John Dramani Mahama as his "do or die" expression could implicate Ghana's peace and democracy.
The former President John Dramani Mahama during his thank-you tour to Bono East a few days ago stated that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has learned its lessons in the 2020 general elections, thus the next elections in 2024 will be a do-or-die affair, especially at the po)ing stations.
Mr. Dramani Mahama said this during an interview on Techiman-based Akina FM on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
According to Mr. Adib Saani, political heads need to pay attention to their statements when addressing their party faithfuls as everyone interprets things differently.
"That statement is dangerous to our democracy and has implications on our peace. Politicians are like prophets because whatever they say has a direct correlation or impact on the thought processes, opinions and actions on the people they inspire. Thus, making these statements on a radio station, when their followers who are not able to read sensible meanings into it hear this, it can cause problems".
Mr. Saani added that similar to President Akufo-Addo's "all die be die" expression, statements like this has the possibility of causing widespread violence.
He further cautioned Ghanaians not to take everything politicians say to heart because even though they might argue on TV or radio stations, they're friends behind closed doors.
"As a civil society organisation, we educate Ghanaians on the need for them to give peace a chance. Usually any little opportunity I get, I tell Ghanaians that politicians are friends behind the scenes. They laugh, talk, meet at drinking spots and share ideas. So if because of politucs, you don't speak to your neighbour then you don't know the essence of politics," he added.
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