No one stands to gain from playing ethnic cards – former MP

Former deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney-General (A-G), Kwame Osei-Prempeh, has cautioned Ghanaians, especially, the politicians among them, to desist from playing ethnical cards because it has the tendency to plunge the country into chaos, with the poor and vulnerable, expected to suffer the most.
“Those who think they stand to gain political advantage by playing the ethnic card need to do serious rethinking because they cannot always rely on that. When it suits them they make references to Rwanda, Kenya and other places where ethnicity has led to massive bloodshed, loss of precious lives and property .The sad thing is that in these places almost all those who lost their lives and property or became refugees were not those who sought to take advantage of the dangerous ethnic game they played but the poor and vulnerable, mostly, illiterate ordinary people”, he argued in a statement posted on his facebook wall.
Reflecting over the tribal sentiments being played by some politicians in an emotional mood, Mr. Osei-Prempeh, who is also a former Member of Parliament (MP) for Nsuta/Kwamang/Beposo, said such acts are unwarranted in the Ghanaian society, noting that those who struggled to gain independence for the country never perpetrated such diabolical agenda.
“This country was built on solid grounds as one people. My akonta -brother in law- General Kutu Acheampong always stressed “one nation, one people, one destiny” which he promoted. Long before him, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah has promoted national unity and as have been told copiously, his boarding school system brought people from various parts of the country together and after five or seven years of staying together, they found themselves first as Ghanaians and this is how Ghana moved on until evil times fell on this country”.
“In 1979 Ghanaians did something which a writer in the News week magazine commended highly and that was the election of Dr LIMANN as president .The writer said Ghana was perhaps the only country where a person whose tribe formed less than 1% of the population could be elected president. Yes that was it. In fact it is worth mentioning that the strongest opposition to my akonta Kutu was from Ashanti where he came from. Ghanaians were liberated and let me say that even now the generality of Ghanaians are not tribal or ethnic conscious and move freely as one people except the deviant nation-wrecking-thieves who look at their selfish interests and harp on the ethnic emotions of people, especially if that will go against the NPP, Asantes and Akans in general”, he noted.
He recalled how his life has been shaped by friends from different tribes whom he still go along with as well as those he has personally assisted to attain higher education.
“It’s painful and sometimes annoying because for some of us are Ghanaians and treat all as equals. If I may digress a little; at 6th form my best friends were Martin Dassah and Awudu, both from the Upper East .At the university, my friends included Jiagge, Lucas Banini, Hon. Asaga etc. and for most of them we have kept the friendship till now. And even now the people around me include Apobile from Bolga who am sponsoring at a private university, Amadu ,a Kokomba I picked from a village, sent to school and found a job; Dakora who I sponsored and is now a graduate teacher; Christian is from Tsito – when he lost his job, I gave him a flat to live in in Kumasi, opened a business and put him in charge”.
“The most annoying thing is if someone from any part of the country says something which is clearly ethnocentric its fine but if the person is an Akan or belongs to the New Patriotic Party (NPP), hey presto hell breaks loose and people fail to give the victim space to explain himself like what is happening to the respected Hon Osafo Maafo for something he is alleged to have said behind closed doors to his party people. It should be clear to all that whoever recorded him is mischievous and diabolical and we should frown on that”.
“This country is better off without the fanning of tribal and ethnic tensions and I believe our media should be more responsible in handling these things, especially, if the issue comes from dubious tapes recorded from private conversations .In all things the national interest must be supreme and that must concern every patriotic journalist”, he argued.

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