Us Vs Them-north-south divide?

by Sammy Darko 2016/11/22 at 9:01 AM


In 2012 when NPP presidential candidate Nana Akufo Addo made his infamous statements about “all-die-be-die and “Yen Akanfuo” in response to growing attacks on his supporters, the whole of Ghana came heavily on him except his supporters. They felt so “righteous” by that statement and stood by their leader till he lost the elections.

The condemnation was so loud some students of Ghanaian politics, say that could have accounted for his defeat in 2012.

In that same year, President Mahama told a rally at Zualerigu in the Upper East Region, they should reject NPP because they do not value those from the three regions up the North of Ghana;

“our brother Aliu Mahama was vice president for eight years. I was vice president for three-and-a-half years. For almost 12 years, we have tasted vice presidency. It’s no longer exciting. It’s no longer what we want. If NPP think they want vote from here, they should put my brother Bawumia in number one and let the two of us contest and then they will get something from here. The vice president we chop it aaaah, we are tired.”-…/npp-reproved-mahamas-ethnocent…


This and many other ethnocentric comments by the president received little or no attention in national politics. The NPP tried to draw media attention to the tribal comments and sought to justify what Nana Addo had said in Eastern region.


This is not even ethnocentric comment. It is a north-south divide politics-Northern Ghana is a portion of the country, not a tribe and, this is even dangerous. It is xenophobic.


In 2016, the President goes back to the North and make SAME ethnocentric comments this time using the vice presidential candidate of the NPP.

The difference is that this time, it catches the attention of both traditional and online media. Many well-meaning Ghanaians have condemned the statement-in 2012 he was serving the unexpired term of late president Mills. In 2016 he is campaigning as president of Ghana. And what do we see. Yaanom say they don’t understand why civil society groups and the media should condemn the president. They are the loudest to cite examples of comments made by former president Kufour and that of a former minister Yaw Osafo Marfo as a justification for US not to criticize the president.

Yanoom are of the firm opinion that such xenophobia politics is GOOD so long as others have made comments in such light. So disgusting are such comments that aides at flagstaff house in their blindness sought to justify the comments by asking how many non Akans are in NPP or been offered ministerial appointments. The most absurd was one I saw on Facebook asking whether NPP has memorial lectures in honour of former vice president Aliu Mahama.-really???

The party’s general secretary has taken to radio to muddy the waters further with even deadly ethnocentric comments all in a desperate attempt to justify what the president said. I urge him to carry one just like the NPP did in 2012.

Like in 2012, I refuse to see the other comments. This is the president and a presidential candidate. He is responsible for his statement just as Nana Addo has paid dearly for his 2012 comments. We will treat the other comments like that of president Mahama in 2012 which did not receive national attention.
I join the many who have asked the president to apologise. This is too low. Such comments are what led to the resurrection of war in Ivory coast-pitching one ethnic group against others. It’s disgraceful-stop it.

To all those who have been bold to speak out against the president, don’t be intimidated by the loudness of the opposition from the NDC and the quest for balance. In Ghana, you are only credible when as a media person, you don’t see evil or speak evil of the NDC, and the reverse is true for the NPP.

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