The Republic Editorial: Hooting and Insulting Political Opponents must Stop
Our fledgling democratic dispensation need to be guarded and protected. We have made considerable gains as a people in this democratic experiment but we risk losing some of these gains if enough civic education is not done by the National Commission for Civic Education and other statutory bodies.
Political tolerance is critical for the survival of any democracy especially when peace, unity and love is supposed to be expressed and shared among the people.
Over the years political leaders have been pelted with stones, hooted at and insulted without any provocation by perceived political opponents.
This The Republic considers as a time bomb in the waiting to explode if not checked because supporters of leaders who suffer such attacks may be tempted to retaliate and the consequences are quite obvious
On Tuesday at Kokompe during President Mahama’s Greater Accra Regional tour, he was hooted at by NPP supporters without any provocation. The Republic considers this behaviour by the NPP supporters as shameful and uncivilised .
Not too long ago, late President Mills and President Mahama suffered same unprovoked attacks in the Ashanti Region. This embarrassing situation is becoming an NPP stock-in-trade.
If this uncivilised conduct is not checked, we may wake up one day with many of our people suffering injuries and deaths as a result of reprisal hooting that may turn bloody.
The Republic is appealing to all and sundry, especially NPP supporters, to desist from insulting and hooting political opponents when they visit their localities to campaign.