The intolerant nature of some Ghanaians must stop!
Toleration is the acceptance of an action, object, or person which one dislikes or disagrees with, where one is in a position to disallow it but chooses not to.
It has also been defined as “to bear or endure” or “to nourish, sustain or preserve” or as “a fair objective and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc.
It differs from one’s own; freedom from racism” too. Toleration may indicate “no more leniencies, and the permission given by the advocates of a dominant religion for other religions to exist, even though the conclusions are looked on with disapproval as mistaken or harmful.
The 1992 Constitution of the republic of Ghana is in compliance with toleration, but my own observation is keened with the interest as a Broadcast Journalist that some people are becoming very bigot in toleration of the Freedom and Justice purportedly known country Ghana.
In 1992, the fourth republic of Ghana adopted a constitution in which the right to free speech was forever enshrined. The 1992 constitution declares in no equivocal terms that: All persons shall have the right to -freedom of speech and expression, which shall include freedom of the press and other media.
The constitution guarantees that the press and every individual in Ghana has the right to say anything that they want, whenever that they want and wherever that they want.
It is enshrined in Chapter five of the constitution under the heading fundamental human rights and freedoms.
I have read about politicians who have shared their opinions even during the coup d’état days of Ghana making them frontiers of tolerations in the dark days.
The likes of J. B Dankwah, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and the current Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof. Micheal Aaron Oquaye are few names I would like to mention who all played very important roles in Ghana’s current status so far as our democratic credentials are concerned.
I have watched on social media these days when Political bigwigs, Technocrats, Religious Leaders and expects find it very difficult to tolerate views in divergence and I think if we don’t trumpet the issue of toleration it can escalate into serious problems that could hamper our growing multi party democracy.
This attitude is getting into the youth of today and we must as matters of urgency speak to the issue so that moving forward lessons would be learnt for posterity.
As a member of the Inky Fraternity, I would like to call on the traditional and social media practitioners and users to recognize historical events that has brought as to this very far learning how to tolerate each other and move on.
The insults, maligning, defamation of character, damaging the good reputation of someone, slander or libel, character assassination, calumny, vilification, traducement, obloquy, tattle, backbiting, aspersions, muckraking, abuse, malediction must stop now for a better way of dialoguing to move our country Ghana forward.
When we all put our hands on deck and holistically fight this challenge Ghana will really be called a beckon of true democracy in Africa and globally.
I have started my role to be tolerant on Television set, during my daily dealings with ordinary people and on social media so join the positive action. God bless our Homeland Ghana.
Writer: RSM Kofi Doe Lawson / hbtvghana.com