The Presidential unity call

Religion is founded primarily, on service to God and humanity. In Christianity, this principle is reflected in the Holy Book’s charge to believers to love thy neighbour as their selves. The Chronicle is of the view that this admonition is at the heart of all religious doctrines in our everyday life, and the ability to co-exist with one another is a requirement for a peaceful neighbourhood.

We are happy to note that the Eid-ul-Adha, the Muslim celebration for which we all stayed away from work on Tuesday, owes its significance to the sacrifice by Abraham, known to our Muslim Brothers as Ibrahim, who was about to sacrifice his only son, Isaac (Ismael) in obedience to God’s supreme command.  It means that both Islam and Christianity prescribe love and unity as a way of life.

When President John Evans Atta-Mills joined our Muslim brothers and sisters to offer prayers to Allah on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha on Tuesday, he harped on the need for Ghanaians to live like each other’s keeper.

The Head of State asked the good people of this country, irrespective of our religious or political affiliations, to forge ahead in unity, and continue to make sacrifices towards the improvement of the quality of life of the people and the society generally.

President Atta-Mills called for love towards each other, and a binding spirit that would make the entire society one single entity.

We cannot agree more with the leader of the Ghanaian society. We hope that the President and his political mentors would take the lead in uniting this fragmented society. It is not the very best that the Ghanaian society is split down the middle.

When the President called on Ministers and District Chief Executives the other day to extend special favours to footsoldiers of the ruling party, the directive drove a wedge through an already divided nation.  It is sad to state, but even justice is beginning to suffer from the syndrome of a divided nation.

The speed at which Nana Darkwa Barfi, a pundit on a radio station in Accra, was hunted down from the radio station by fully-armed personnel, under the instructions of the Greater Accra Police Command, was certainly not the best means of healing wounds in society.

It turned out that Nana Darkwa Barfi was a constituency spokesman for the opposition New Patriotic Party. At the moment, is the case of Amina Mohammed, the woman who was at the centre of the rape and robbery story, and was incarcerated for more than 48 hours in police cells before being processed quickly for court.

It is a sad commentary on peace and reconciliation under this administration, that it took public outcry to get the police interested in the comment made by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Chairman, Dr. Kwabena Adjei,  who virtually threatened to annihilate the Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Georgina Theodora Wood, in the now infamous ‘several ways of killing a cat’ rant.

Even when the police invited the party boss, Dr. Kwabena Adjei, refused to honour the invitation. Quite a number of months down the line, neither the President, nor anybody in the party hierarchy, has successfully appealed to the party chair to answer the call.

We recall with a tinge of sadness, the death and destruction visited on some traders at the Agbogbloshie Market in Accra, as results of the 2008 presidential and parliamentary elections trickled in.

It turned out the perpetrators were sympathisers of the ruling National Democratic Congress of President Atta Mills, while the victims were identified as followers of the minority New Patriotic Party (NPP).

When Ghanaians expected the prosecution of the perpetrators, the police rather hauled Nana Ohene Ntow, former General Secretary of the NPP, before them. Apparently, he had been vocal in his protest of the naked abuse of power.

In situations such as these, it would be difficult for the President to take the whole nation along in his quest to build bridges. The Chronicle is urging the President to walk his talk.

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