The recurring themes of violence arising in Ghana can partly be attributed to the rise in social media participation especially by the youth to lay their anger on the slightest problem in the country.
Ghana is known for peace and has recently been ranked the 2nd most peaceful country in Africa by the Global peace index based on the the fact that, the country do not face major internal challenges such as violent protests, violent crimes, tribal homophily, terrorism, and many others that usually create insecurity.
Social media platforms have created the platforms for individuals especially the youth have emerged to actively participate in the affairs of the country and meddle their voices in decisions of government policies.
This looked good untill some other individuals have merged to abuse such platforms with insults, tribal homophily, propaganda and other negativities just to achieve some selfish political agenda for themselves or their sponsors.
It has become a norm in Ghanaian politics now where messages on social media platforms are run by people sponsored by political leaders to pass messages that are proliferated by algorithms of bots and trolls with the aim of making the country ungovernable for another political party.
Ghana is becoming a space for insults and counter insults among the youth, among politicians, among religious leaders, among traditional rulers, between the youth and the leaders, between religious leaders and traditional rulers etc.
Such behaviors create negative sentiments among Ghanaians and these are later translated into violence when individuals meet face-to-face.
Ghanaians need to come to the realization that the politics of insults and the culture of insulting others to gain popularity if not checked will be a tickling time bomb and may blow up in our faces in the future not too far away.
This is definately not the way to go if we want to mentain the long standing peace in Ghana.
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