Preserving the sanctity of the State
With the Kennedy Agyapong saga playing out in court, all manner of interpretations are being given to the utterances of the Member of Parliament for Assin North. At this stage, we would like to believe that the judicial system would have to pick up the pieces and deal with it.
The Chronicle though, wonders how a charge of treason could be sustained, given the fact that the Member of Parliament might not have taken any other steps to actualize the threat he issued, beyond the verbal assault on air.
Be it as it may, The Chronicle is disappointed in the large mass of Ghanaians who have virtually buried their heads in the sand, or gone for the proverbial stance of the three wise monkeys – see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil – when the airwaves are filled with hate messages, and biometric registration centres, particularly in the Ashanti Region and Odododiodio, have become battle grounds.
We do not believe it is right for any individual to make provocative statements. But, this country has been sitting on a time bomb since the National Democratic Congress returned to Government House and begun nurturing the politics of exclusion.
The economic circumstances of the large mass of the people are in dire states, while those shouting obscenities in support of the administration are feeding fat on state largesse.
Instead of admitting that the economic policies of this administration are not working, and that many of our people are at the wrong end of the so-called economic miracle, this administration rather, has rather chosen to pat its shoulders by ramming down phantom achievements which are surely not on the ground.
Every Ghanaian, including our priests and so-called men of God, knows that inflation, for instance, is not in single digit.
These men of God disturbing everybody with claims of righteousness are aware that the cost of living is soaring higher than usual, and many are the homes at the centre of the earth, where heads of the households cannot afford a single square meal for the family. A hungry man, they say, is an angry man.
The economic situation has begat many people yearning for change. Instead of placating the suffering masses by reviewing the economic performance, this administration and the party that props it up, have found it more expedient to try and manipulate the registration system to their advantage.
All those moving about with cassocks cannot be oblivious to attempts to maximize advantages at the registration centres, where those resisting the naked abuse are subjected to all kinds of assaults, while the police look on.
It is this state of affairs that is creating the insecurity in the system. The Chronicle is urging our men of God and opinion leaders in society to be up and doing. While we view Mr. Agyapong’s statement inflammatory, we do believe that the double standard stance of the police poses more danger than the utterances of the Member of Parliament.
The Chronicle is inviting all Ghanaians to come out of our sycophantic shells and be alive to our civic responsibility of being whistle blowers when we identify flash points. That is what would eventually save this society from anarchy.
Kennedy Agyapong might have been unguarded in his utterances; he surely is not the route to the dis-orientation in society. President John Evans Atta Mills, his administration, and those who claim to have faith in him, as well as the peace officers of this nation, have bigger roles to play to preserve the sanctity of the state.
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