Ghanaians should be ashamed of politics of insults, hate speech
5/5/2012 10:30:25 PM -
Bulenga, UW/R, May 05, GNA - A retired educationist in the Upper West Region has blamed the recent politics of insults and hate speech on parents and politicians who have devalued the Ghanaian cultural values and norms of the nation.
The educationist, Mr Adams Baduong Sakara said it was disheartening to hear some parents calling their children names and comparing them to animals, as well as insulting, without any regard for the cultural values and norms of their traditions, bequeathed to them by their ancestors.
He said the youth, who are the products of such parents are now showing gross disrespect and indiscipline in the country.
Mr Sakara was addressing students of the Bulenga Junior High School and Choggu Islamic Junior High School to mark this year's Citizenship Day celebration at Bulenga on Friday.
He warned that if care was not taken, the unity and cohesion that the people had enjoyed and cherished so much would be destroyed, adding that, no one should blame the youth for their low morals but rather the elderly and those in responsible positions.
'Good morals of yester years are gone and Ghanaians need to go back to their roots and revive and inculcate them into the youth of today, to help curb the looming danger.
'The elderly should not sit aloof and allow such insults to go on, they should condemn such utterances', Mr Sakara advised.
He said the utterances on the airwaves and in the print media by politicians without decorum, was not good enough for the country's democratic dispensation.
Mr Sakara appealed to traditional rulers, religious and political leaders to come together and take decisive measures to deal with politicians, whose action and inactions were likely to cause factions in the country.
He appealed to the students to be proud Ghanaians and avoid copying foreign cultures that have the tendency of destroying their future.
Mr Adamu Sakara, Wa East District Director of the National Commission for Civic Education advised the students to be time conscious and manage it well in whatever they do.
He urged them to respect the elderly, teachers and community members as well as national symbols and the constitution and that they should be prepared to defend the nation.
The Wa East District office of the National Commission for Civic Education organised the forum at Bulenga, to inculcate in the students, 'the 10 ways to be a good citizen', to mark this year's citizenship day celebrations.
These 10 ways are: be a good neighbour, protect the environment and national property, report people who do wrong, keep your environment clean, respect the rights of others, respect the national flag, respect authority, know and understand the national anthem and the pledge, obey laws and rules and volunteer to be active in your community.