Dele Momodu, publisher of Ovation International Magazine turned politician, has called on Ghanaians to desist from sacrificing themselves for any politician.
Chief Dele Momodu called on the electorate and urged Ghanaians to desist from hate speeches during the election 2016 buildup.
The publisher, who is an open supporter of the National Democratic Congress' presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama, was speaking at his office when he the NO HATE SPEECH AFRICA campaign being championed by Michael Opeyemi Ige, UN Peace Ambassador and the founder of Concerned Africans Youth Forum.
"As a young man in Nigeria, I was about 7 years old when the civil war broke out; so many lives were lost. But what I discovered since then was that the children of the leaders are never affected. Those who die are the same children of the poor, and what do they die for? Who remembers them after they are gone?", he said.
He said that his endorsement of the NO HATE Campaign was because he knew from experience that war has broken out during elections – mostly as a result of insults and derogatory remarks by politicians and party supporters.
He however advised Ghanaians to eschew hate speeches that could spark violence, and rather campaign and vote for their chosen candidates based on their instincts and principles.
"Elections should be a jamboree, not war. It doesn’t matter what party you belong, follow your principle and instinct as a discerning citizen. It is your right, and if any politician asked you to die for him, tell him to put his children forward. No politician, including me is worth dying for," he said.
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