The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has taken notice of yet another needless and reckless justification of the call to violence by the leader of the opposition NPP, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo in the build up to the December 2012 election.

At a time when well-meaning Ghanaians, including religious leaders, have roundly condemned his ??all die be die?? mantra, and called for the use of measured and non-violent language, one would have thought that Nana Addo would yield to the overwhelming public opinion by not only retracting and apologizing for the unfortunate statement but also offer the required leadership to his party by guarding his subsequent statements and rein in adherents of his call to violence.

To the contrary, in his latest pronouncement during a recent visit to Wa, in the Upper West Region, Mr. Akufo Addo, sought to justify his violent rhetoric by accusing Ghanaians, including religious leaders, who have questioned his commitment to peace, of hypocrisy and double standards.

At the same function, he repeated his call on his party youth to resort to violence as a way of addressing perceived electoral grievances in December.

This obstinate posture has emboldened other functionaries of the NPP who have in turn made equally incendiary statements in the run up to the elections.

It is clear that Mr Akufo Addo?s belief in the use of violence for the attainment of political ends has rendered him bereft of the requisite moral authority to condemn, restrain or sanction his party functionaries who conduct themselves in this way.

The NDC wishes to remind Mr Akufo Addo of his responsibility as the leader of his Party to conduct himself in a manner that does not undermine the peace and stability of the nation.

Beyond the needless tension that such unguarded utterances generate within the body politic, lies the larger question of the sort of image that such conduct carves for Ghana on the international scene.

At a time when Ghana has won international acclaim for its exemplary democratic path and the giant economic strides it has made over the last few years, it is regrettable that Mr Akufo Addo consistently acts in a manner that seeks to project Ghana as unstable and violent-prone in the eyes of unsuspecting external observers.

It should give Mr. Akufo Addo pause that his recent inciting and violent pronouncements have brought him to the notice of such international institutions as the US-based think tank, The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), who have singled him out in a June 2011 report as one Ghanaian politician whose utterances pose a threat to the peace and security of the country.

The report notes on pages 16 that:

?The role of the NPP leader and expected Presidential candidate, Nana Akufo Addo, will be crucial and early signals suggest reason for worry.

Akufo Addo is desperate to mobilize support and he has played the ethnic card, referring to the NPP as ?we the Akans?, urging his supporters to ?all die be die ?? ? that is they should be willing to die to ensure the NPP?s victory??.

The NDC, however, wishes to assure the public that it is committed to upholding and maintaining the peace and stability of the country before, during and after the general elections.

Signed: Johnson Asiedu Nketiah


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