Trabalism has no place in Ghana
One of the secrets for the success story of Ghana’s peace in the midst of a turbulent region is the tolerance tribal groupings in the country have for each other. To cup it all, is inter marriage among the various ethnic groups, which has made it virtually impossible for one tribe to attack the other, though there are a few exceptions.
In some of the African countries, inter marriages among the ethnic groups are considered sacrilegious. A typical example is Rwanda, where both Tutsis and Hutus do not see each other as one people, and the consequences of this need not be repeated here.
Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, might have anticipated this happening the country, and therefore, decided to introduce the boarding school system, which like inter marriage, has also contributed to our success story today.
Because Frafras, Ewes, Ashantis, Nzemas, Dagombas, and Hausas, just to mention but a few, ate, bathed and played together whilst they were in boarding schools, they do not have any hatred towards each other. In fact, students from these tribes see themselves as brothers and sisters, rather than the ethnic group they belong to.
Whilst counting on these positive developments, which have put us together as a country, it would be wrong for one to assume that there would be no tribal conflict in Ghana if we allow the elites in society to preach tribal hatred.
It is in the light of this that The Chronicle concurs with the caution by Nana Kusi Adjei Mensah I, Chief of Abomfrem and Krontihene of Nkawie in the Atwima Nwabiagya District of the Ashanti Region, that the media must not be used to preach tribal hatred in the country.
In a story we have published on Page 2 of The Chronicle today, the Nkawie Krontihene reminded Ghanaians that Ghana, as a nation, has not believed in tribalism since time immemorial, and for that matter, one is capable of marrying from any tribe he/she finds a partner, which practice, he observed, continues to keep us together as one people, one nation with a common destiny.
The Chronicle believes that the respected chief has hit the nail right on the head, and those who have ears should listen to his fatherly advice. Before the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the two political parties whose leaders are leading this tribal bigotry, came into being, Ghanaians were living together in peace.
This peace we have enjoyed over the years must not be tampered with by these irresponsible politicians who think their quest for power, or retain power, should supersede the collective interest of all Ghanaians.
Yes, we may differ when it comes to party politics, because that is the beauty of democracy, but this should not spur our leaders to tread on the path some of them have chosen. It is simply dangerous, and must be nipped in the bud before it explodes into something else.
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