The Upper East regional branch of the People's National Convention (PNC) has joined the fray of condemnations of the “All die be die' statement by the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Flag bearer, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo, and urged Ghanaians not to countenance such negative comments.
Reacting to the comments in an interview in Bolgatanga, the Regional Secretary of the PNC, Mr Henry Fatchu, said it was unacceptable for any political party, group of persons or an individual to further divide the nation which already had been polarised on political party lines.
According to him, such acts and inaction, through the use of what he termed “abusive language, have the tendency of degenerating into ethnic upheavals.”
He, however,conceded that it was an undeniable fact that there was a “cold war” between members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) which had transcended from the leadership to the grassroots and social commentators across the country.
“This has an effect on human lives and needs to be addressed with all the seriousness that it deserves. It is practically, morally and politically wrong for the NDC to use available resources to run after nothing and make others heroes instead of directing its energies into improving the material conditions of Ghanaians to ensure that no one is left hungry, illiterate, homeless, destitute and unemployed,” he said.
Mr Fatchu said the general society should also be responsible for this predicament because they created the enabling environment for the political leaders to feed on with electrifying words.
He bemoaned the fact that a section of the media, instead of setting a positive agenda to criticise the programmes of government and failure to eliminate the most acute social inequality in terms of economic, cultural and educational, turned to report negative and undesirable remarks.
He recalled an occasion, a few months ago, when the president met with religious leaders and the issue of undesirable comments by politicians took centre stage.
Mr Fatchu, therefore, called on the religious leaders to, as a matter of urgency, call the leadership of NDC and NPP to order and ask them to come up with social programmes which would eliminate poverty, unemployment and homelessness instead of turning a blind eye to the growing unemployment in the country.