Former government officials have no moral right to ask Ghanaians to be patriotic when they themselves never showed any form of commitment to the state while in office, a political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, Prof Ransford Gyampo has said.
According to him, politicians have taken the ordinary Ghanaian for granted for far too long, insisting all they (government officials) do is to enrich themselves when they come to office.
In his view, such officials have no moral right to demand from Ghanaians patriotism when they themselves did not portray such a trait when in government.
Prof Gyampo said political appointments should be opportunities to serve the nation and "not a quick way to make money. Unfortunately, in Ghana, this doesn't seem to be the case".
His comments come after former president John Dramani Mahama said most Ghanaians now lack the spirit of patriotism, insisting it is difficult to find genuine people who want to die for the nation.
However, in a Facebook post, Prof Gyampo said politicians cannot enjoy "at the expense of the state and later ask ordinary poor people to tighten their belts and sacrifice to demonstrate patriotism to the state".
He added: "Why would anybody easily and willingly accept national service posting to the village to go and suffer? No one wants to suffer or die a little for Ghana because of the deficits in patriotism. But the history of Ghanaian politics is replete with examples of who voluntarily opted to be posted into the hinterlands to go and teach as part of their national service."
The UG lecturer further commended president Akufo-Addo for his conduct while he was a minister under the Kufour-led administration, saying his decision not to be tempted into cheaply buying any state vehicle when leaving office is worthy of applause.
He however called on the president to "please resource the NCCE and charge them to deliver on their mandate in a more proactive way to instil the values of love for country in us".
According to him, the "deficit in selfless and exemplary leadership by some politicians in Ghana is a major cause of lack of patriotism".