27 November 2012

Ghana: Politicians Are Getting So Desperate


Awoshie — The desperation of some politicians or political parties is making them do things out of place. Politicians should know that politics is about coming out with innovative and brilliant ideas or ideologies that will be in the interest of the people, and not gargantuan billboards and adverts, as well as using celebrities or renowned people to advertise for them.

It is about letting the masses know that they care and feel their pain, and anytime they get the opportunity, they will turn their situation around and make the country a better place to live in. They should also know that politics is about communicating the right message to the masses.

Somebody may ask, don't you think all politicians know this? Yes, they might know this, but the question is, are they practicing it? It looks like desperation has set in for some political parties in this year's campaign or elections.

It really baffles me why a political party should put together pieces of a renowned pastor's voice about something he said some time ago, and use it as an advert, knowing very well that moat pastors do not want to be involved in politics, because they are serving different people belonging to different political parties. The situation would have been different, if they sought his permission, but they didn't.

Rev. Dr. Mensah Otabil is a man, who most people, if not in the world, across the country love and respect, including myself. It saddens me that he happens to be the victim.

His reputation is very much at stake due to a political party's ambition to win power. Although he has come out to clarify the issue, or explained himself, some people are still saying awful things about him, and it has even extended to all pastors or men of God.

The man has his church members looking up to him, as well as thousands of people out there, who see him as a role model and learn from him.

I, therefore, urge President John Mahama and his government to immediately do something about this situation, in order to restore the man's image and to erase the perception some people have developed about him.

I also urge true leaders of political parties to refrain from such acts. I call on stakeholders who are supposed to speak on the issue, to come out and state their opinion and speak to the issue, to ensure peace before, during and after the elections. Who knows, today it is Rev. Dr. Mensah Otabil, tomorrow, it might be one any of them.

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