General News of Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Former President Kufuor has for the first time defended and sought to explain and clarify his party flagbearer’s ‘all-die-be-die’ slogan which snowballed into a huge political controversy and generated intense media discussion a few months back.
Mr. Kufuor told Hot FM, an Accra based radio station on Wednesday June 29 that the slogan used by Nana Akufo-Addo in Koforidua, was gravely distorted and misconstrued as a call to violence.
Speaking in his native Akan dialect, the Former President said the phrase was nowhere near an incitement to violence as has been explained by political opponents probably to score cheap political points.
The Former President explained that the slogan was meant to merely demonstrate how, in Nana Akufo-Addo’s view, perceived weaklings could, on the spur of the moment, block up all consequences and muster courage to face and confront their assailants squarely out of frustrations of being persistently bullied.
“‘All die be die’ is an instantaneously courageous revolt against bullies by perceived weaklings who may have gotten to their wits end as a result of having suffered perennial bullying at the hands of bullies. I think that should be a normal human practice. We can’t allow any one person to hold us eternally hostage when that person doesn’t even have our welfare at heart. They must be made to know their limit. It is important that Ghanaians clearly understand what the slogan ‘all die be die’ means” Mr. Kufuor said.
In the early days of the ‘all-die-be-die’ controversy, Mr Kufuor deferred media comments on the matter to Nana Addo when he was mobbed by Journalists for his views, after he had come out of a meeting with President Mills that discussed issues to deal with heightened tension in the country at the time.
Some political pundits said former President Kufuor’s posture at that instant indicated that he disagreed with the use of that slogan by Nana Akufo Addo. Others argued to the contrary.