A member of the People National Convention ( PNC), and former Parliamentary Candidate in the chereponi constituency in the North East region, Hon Eugene T.K Bashiru, says NDC, NPP politicians should be blamed for the dwindling spirit of patriotism in Ghanaians.
Ghanaian politicians believe that lies, cheating, greed, hate, and corruption, are part of politics, therefore, these malpractices must be applied in whatever they do with the intention to take power or keep it, with cunning ulterior motives, calculations, and strategies.
“According to the incoming general secretary of PNC party said, NPP, NDC politicians over the years have failed to live exemplary lives to motivate Ghanaians to cling to the tenets of patriotism.
“In the fight for independence, Kwame Nkrumah succeeded in whipping up patriotic feeling among the nationalist fighters.
How did he do it? He associated himself with ordinary people and demonstrated to them that he was championing their course.
But so far, I think the political leaders that, have in Ghana demonstrate more to us that they are selfish, self-seeking, self-perpetuating and they are self-aggrandizing cabals.
If you have leaders with these features then obviously it becomes difficult for the people to be inculcated in them the spirit of patriotism,” he said.
“Nationalism and patriotism have become very deficient in Ghana today. Absolutely nobody thinks about the country first; we all think about ourselves first, our families second, our parties third, maybe, our communities fourth and Ghana comes a distant fifth or sixth or even tenth,” he said
“Hon, Eugene Bashiru said, another way of boosting nationalism and patriotism in Ghanaians is to equip the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) with the necessary logistics and funds to discharge its role effectively.
He called on the Ghana Peace Council, religious bodies and all political parties to observe the call to compile new voter register as an issue of national concern and pursue on stakeholder dialogue to avert the public outcry.
“Citing reasonable reasons for the need to replace the old register denote that his constituency is an example and he has challenged the credibility of that register because most voters are not from the constituency..the register is full of Togolese and Niger nationalists whose names have found in the register call for credible one.