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Opinions of Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Columnist: Derbie Rapheal and Denis Andaban

Hold the flag of Ghana’s democracy high

There is no denying the fact that, politics in this part of the world is the most monumental contributory factor to development.

Ghana has been magnificently transmogrified to measure up with some renowned country and attained some level of dignity resulting from the developmentally oriented politicians that we have had in this country. Right from his Excellency Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, his Excellency J. J. Rawlings, his Excellency J.A Kufuor, his Excellency J.E.Ata Mills and many others, have uplifted the image of this noble country to a standard that I considered consummate and for that matter plausible.

However, Ghana is now gaining notoriety of political conflict which if not curtail will champion the bandwagon of destruction of the successes chalked by our indefatigable former leaders of this beloved country. Notwithstanding, every right thinking single individual across the length and breadth of this country has the onus to ensuring political conflict free as we are approaching the November 7 elections.

Of course politics is not about conflict, but engaging in an intellectual discourse regarding activities that relate to influencing the actions and policies of a government. In our pursuit as level headed people to preventing political conflict as country have to do the following:

Firstly we have the onus to be measured and civil in our discourse on social media cum other platforms. It is indeed commonsensical and proper that we go about with our politicking without any rancor, vitriol, and banality.

Secondly, it is incumbent on us as a country to be guarded against unsavory cum unfounded rumors or hearsay that has the prospect to igniting conflict.

Thirdly, the gallant, acumen, indefatigable youth of this country must refuse to be cajoled by any politician under the pretext of getting a helping hand from him or her.

As the saying goes, if an elderly person learns to talk to you from both sides of his mouth, children must learn to watch him or her from both sides of their eyes. There is every reason for you and me to secure the future now by shying away from being used to ignite political conflict. The future is ours now, let us not vandalize it.

The peace and unity of this country lie in our hands. We must jealously protect the prospects of our democratic dispensation which is the outcome of sacrifices of our great grandfathers.

In fact, what they have gathered with rakes, we cannot throw away with spades.

Let's be very meticulous of our diction in any political discourse. Together we can build our nation.

Derbie Rapheal.

Co- authored with Denis Andaban.