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Revenge Of The Aggrieved

Daily Guide
10 January 2017 | Editorial

The cycle of revenge appears not to be ending anytime soon.

We have heard about worrying incidents of New Patriotic Party (NPP) sympathizers, some of them former National Security desk officers and others, taking over targeted state offices from which they were chased away by their National Democratic Congress (NDC) counterparts when power changed hands in 2009.

NDC foot-soldiers despicably stopped state vehicles on the roads, took them and descended upon state institutions such as NADMO and the National Security's Blue Gate in Accra when the then National Security Coordinator Lt. Col. Gbevlo-Lartey (rtd) turned his attention elsewhere.

They made unenviable headlines at the time and we are baffled that the same is being said about the NPP today in a déjà vu mode. It is a vicious cycle which must end one way or the other by a government which prides itself as decent and different from its predecessor, one which Ghanaians chased away through the ballot box.

While we recall what happened then, we in the same measure condemn what is unfolding now across the country because after all, two wrongs do not constitute a right.

We must seek to establish decency in the way we do things in this country.

The NPP is known to be the pacesetters when it comes to electoral and governance standards and so should not been seen to be engaged in such avoidable name-spoiling exercises much to the delight of the NDC which needs such oxygen at this time to manage its pained state.

President Nana Akufo-Addo is not known to be supportive of such uncouth and crude conduct from his supporters.

If we are to go with the spirit of his inaugural speech decency, discipline would be the features of his administration.

This suggests that disorder such as started by the NDC and now being replicated by the NPP would not have a place in his administration.

We are aware about how some vehicles have had their state number plates changed to private ones to facilitate the thievery plans of some state actors.

We do not think, however, that an open confrontation with these crooks would be in the interest of the image of the ruling party and government, including country.

The NPP crusaders must be mindful of the pitfalls in such actions and be guided accordingly.

Some road toll booths have been targeted by such persons. This would encourage bad elements manning such places to feign attacks from NPP activists and hence loss of their sales when, indeed, nothing of the sort took place at all.

We are told that the Tema Port was one of the targets of such persons.

We ask those who suffered untold humiliation when the NDC took over in 2009 when they worked at the facility to be consoled by the fact that Nana Akufo-Addo would facilitate their eventual takeover since after all that was where they worked earlier as Ghanaians and were chased away under questionable circumstances.

In a social media age, they should take note that there are persons on the fringes ready to make mounds out of anthills and give the ruling party a bad name. We do not need this at this time.

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