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Sekou Nkrumah: Blame President Mills for politics of insults

Son of Ghana’s first president Dr. Sekou Nkrumah has blamed president Mills for doing very little to discourage the increasing use of abusive language by members of his government.

Dr. Nkrumah however acknowledged that though president Mills has shown that he does not believe in insults, he has not been effective enough in controlling members in his government from engaging in the practice.

He was equally unhappy that the president has failed to sanction his ministers who foul language against their opponents.

Speaking on Adom Fm’s ‘Dwaso Nsem’ on Monday, Dr. Nkrumah said the President should set example by checking his ministers first.

Meanwhile, a senior lecturer of English and Communication at the University of Cape Coast, Emmanuel Sarfo has admonished religious leaders, chiefs, and opinion leaders to play a major role in reducing the cases insults in the nation’s politics.

Mr. Sarfo attributes the practice of insults to the increasing level of intolerance among people. He called for a return to the culture of respect for all and the need to eschew the negative influx of foreign culture.

He decried the practice where politicians assume they can score political points by insulting their opponents saying, that rather destroys their reputation.

He blamed the foot soldiers who support politicians for insulting their opponents for contributing to the trend.
Mr. Emmanuel Sarfo wants all stakeholders to learn to use “refined language” during any political discourse.

Emmanuel Sarfo suggested that religious leaders and the media should only allow people who use refined language in their discussions, rather than those who abuse others.

Story: Samuel Mantey/Adom news

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March 28, 2011 - Posted by | SETTING THE NEWS AGENDA

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