I congratulate the two Hon Members on the very brilliant Statements they made.
Madam Speaker, when you go to our Constitution, article 17(1) says and with your permission I beg to quote:
“(1) All persons shall be equal before
(2) A person shall not be discriminated against on grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic origin, religion, creed or social or economic status.”
Madam Speaker, let us ask ourselves, do we really believe that all of us are Ghanaians? That is the genesis. Until we all appreciate one fact that before any other thing, we are all Ghanaians.
Madam Speaker, tribalism, over- emphasis on religion are things that are dividing us even before the politics came in. Politics? Yes, but even within political parties, let us look at our attitude, Madam Speaker. There is no part of this country that you would go, be it in Bolgatanga, Kumasi, Tamale, Accra, tribes call themselves: “We are the indigenes and any other group are settlers,” when we are all in the same country.
In Accra, you would find almost every other tribe; just as in Kumasi, you would find any other tribe; the same in Bolgatanga. But what is our attitude towards each other, be it in Bolgatanga, Accra, Kumasi and elsewhere? The attitude is that this person is not an indigene.
Madam Speaker, if there is any other thing any of us cannot choose from, it is our tribe. None of us decided that he or she wanted to come to this world as a Ga or an Ashanti or a Dagomba or an Hausa or what have you. It is one thing that nobody has control over. So under what authority do we undermine each other?
Madam Speaker, if we are not honest with ourselves and then we begin to change this intrusion thing in us, any other thing that we say, Madam Speaker, I am sorry we would be deceiving ourselves. Even the political parties. Let us be honest ourselves; are we not claiming that some
of the parties belong to tribe A or tribe B? Is it the way to go, because so far all of us are concerned?
Yes, it may be true that one political party has many more members from a particular group. But that does not prevent that political party having members from almost every other tribe. But yet, we the politicians have succeeded in creating the impression that these political parties are dominated by tribe A or by tribe B.
Madam Speaker, this thing is something that every one of us, if truly we are thinking about the future of this country and the well-being of the future generation, we must stop it.
Madam Speaker, let us find out what caused the war in Sierra Leone. Let us find out what caused the war in Liberia, our neighbours here, la Cote d'Ivoire, just la Cote d'Ivoire. It is just the utterances of the politicians that caused the disability of those countries and many innocent lives were lost. This is because as we Sit in this House, Madam Speaker, with the greatest respect, out of the 230, I would want to believe (may God forbid), if there is some confusion today, with the passports all the 230 have, within a twinkle of an eye, almost all of us, unless there are those who are not determined to leave, could leave this country and leave the innocent people. [Interruptions.] So, that is the nature of the way we run our politics. Colleagues may contest but the reality is that - [Interruptions.]