- Mahama had lamented on the lack of patriotism exhibited by Ghanaians towards their country
- The political science lecturer stated that Mahama did not lead by example regarding the concept
- He states Mahama himself was not patriotic to Ghana
Following Former President John Mahama’s comments that Ghanaians have become unpatriotic regarding national development, some governance experts have raised questions on whether the former president has the right to be to judgmental.
A lecturer at the political science department of the University of Ghana, Prof. Ransford Gyampo has said that Mahama has no moral grounds to stand on, and make such remarks.
According to Gyampo, Mahama himself did not show any level of patriotism to the country during his tenure as president.
In a interview with Accra-based Citi FM, Gyampo opined that since the first president of the country, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, there have been no leading examples of patriotism on the seat of government.
“The political leaders we have seen in Ghana demonstrate to us that they are selfish, self-seeking, self-perpetuating and self-aggrandising…if you have leaders who have these features, it becomes difficult to instil patriotism,” he said.
Gyampo noted that in a country where there is very little civic education, the political leaders have taken advantage of the lack of knowledge to milk the country of its resources for their own gain.
The professor opined that with the citizenry observing such traits by their leaders, they are not motivated to feel any sense of patriotism towards their country.
He added it will take the the exemplary leadership of the government officials as well as the full funding of National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), to promote patriotism among Ghanaians.
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