Politics of insults alien to our culture – Kojo Yankah

A senior citizen has registered his uttermost detest to the growing trend where Ghanaians resort to expressing their displeasure with abusive and indecent language over situations.

Mr. Kojo Yankah is concerned that young people are increasingly indulging in the use of impolite expressions and derogatory words toward authorities whenever they are dissatisfied.

He said hurling insults at people, particularly the elderly is alien to the upbringing of the Ghanaian and by extension the African culture.

“Insults erode the beauty of our culture ! In our indigenous societies in Africa, we are communalistic! We live for each other ! Call it ‘ubuntu’ : l am because we are. We have ‘friendly hostilities’, but it does not translate into “you are on our side”, and “the others belong to the “opposition” for ever. Respect is central to the African culture,” Mr, Yankah, the founder of the African University College of Communications (AUCC) said on Facebook On Monday, November 8, 2022.

The former Member of Parliament for Agona East Constituency said he’s fed up with such development in the media.

“I am sick and tired of listening to radio commentaries, tv editorials, social media, and citizen journalists hailing insults at others, particularly elders in society, who disagree ‘civilly’ with their position,” he asserted.

Mr. Yankah urged young people to desist from indulging in politics of insults and further called on various political parties to reprimand party faithful found to be culprits.

“Insult in political culture, once we have began making it ‘normal’, will not go away until political parties and opinion leaders commit to condemning it in whatever form. This is a collective responsibility. We have so many beautiful aspects of our culture to maintain and sustain than allowing a foreign political practice destroy us while our natural resources are being plundered,” Mr. Kwesi Yankah noted.

 

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana

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