As Ghana prepares for another national and historic event which takes off come December this year, one may probably ask; how prepared are we?
On the 7th of December, qualified Ghanaians from all walks of lives would move to various polling stations to exercise their national franchise.
In seasons like these, all every country needs is peace. Peace is the most expensive commodity no amount of money would be able to buy likewise the egg, peace is very precious but easily to be broken.
We should all put into consideration the harm or destruction elections have rendered unto some nations. We therefore cannot afford to lose the peaceful nature of our dear land.
As noted by Albert Einstein, “Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.”
However the youth must not present themselves cheaply to greedy and selfish political leaders but see themselves as the next generational leaders of the land who are going to bear the effects of the good or bad policies our leaders make today.
The question we all must ask is; would president Nana Akuffo Addo, John Mahama or Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom be living fifty years to come.
Definitely, you and I would be there to experience the results of the works of these personalities. Also consider the fact that, in most times the children of these political leaders are not found anywhere the country.
They come back to Ghana upon hearing that everything has been conducted peacefully and successfully.
I therefore entreat you my colleagues to be wise enough not to be under the influence of any leader to do anything that will lead the nation to lose the envious peace we enjoy.
Question is, “will the children of these leaders involve themselves in conflicts or wars because they want their parents to be presidents?”
Who can pronounce to the hearing of the whole nation, the day the children of ex-presidents Kufour’s and Rawlings’ John Mahama and Nana Akuffo Addo’s voice was heard on air campaigning for their parent’s victory during one election or the other.
Ghana needs peace, and peace is never sold or achieved on a silver platter but can be obtained through courtesy, understanding, unity and self-discipline.
The youth of Ghana should therefore not be driven by the influence of some political leaders in the course of the upcoming election for which can halt the peaceful state of the land.
Most of the youth engage themselves in election fraud by accepting petty sums of money from some leaders on the simple basis of convincing people to vote them in power.
The youth and Ghanaians as a whole should therefore be conscious of election fraud for it has a lot of challenging results.
We all can attest to the fact that many countries which were better off in terms of economic and social development has come to an economic stand-still due to certain malpractices that erupted during the country’s elections.
History has it that, Liberia was far developed and advanced than most of the African countries some years back but as a result of election fraud, the country Liberia is now one of the neediest on the African continent, likewise Libya.
Seventeenth-century English poet John Milton also said that “the real and lasting victories are those of peace and not of war.
So you see the consequences of the absence of peace in a nation now? No place is sweeter than home.
Ghanaians, particularly the youth should therefore not allowed themselves to be used as instruments of violence during elections and all that which can lead Ghana into a state of confusion and under-development.
Ghanaians must consider the fact that we all one people, same blood irrespective of languages, colours, ethnic backgrounds and classes and therefore work together as united with one goal and destiny.
Mother Ghana needs each and every one of us so as to become the peaceful nation we have all wished.
Bole, Savannah Region.