Young Ghanaians Reflect On ‘All Die Be Die’ & ‘Do Or Die’ Comments From Politicians

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Months ahead of the 2012 General election, when late Former President John Evans Atta Mills was still the candidate for the NDC, the flagbearer of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo made a statement that has followed his political career since then.

He was speaking at a campaign in Wa when he uttered the words ‘All die be die’. He was admonishing his party members to be vigilant. At the time, the NDC made a meal out of this and described the call as violent and tagged Nana Akufo-Addo as a violent person who wanted to win the 2012 elections at all cost.

Fast forward to 2021 and the tables of turned. Former President John Mahama, who became the NDC candidate for the 2012 elections after the passing of John Evans Atta Mills is the one with a ‘die’ comment.

Speaking on Techiman-based Akina FM’s on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, as part of his thank-you tour, Mr Mahama said “we hope that the next elections we won’t see scenes like that again. We have learnt our lessons from happenings during the 2020 polls. The 2024 elections will be won or lost at the polling station. It will be do-or-die at the polling stations. The right thing must be done during the polls. We will win the elections at the polling station and won’t wait for collation centre results nor petition the Supreme Court if aggrieved.”

Now, this comment is being dissected online in the political space.

However, young people have also been reflecting on the postering of the politicians.

The conversations about violence in elections or politics, in general, has always had young people at the forefront.

However, those young people are not the ones who get to enjoy the national cake because they will be nowhere near the centre of power when the dust settles.

With this new conversation, young people are talking about violence in politics, some supporting either politician and how young people are used by politicians to push their agenda to their own benefit.

  1. Where are they?

2. Some truth right there.

3. Politics affects life.

4. Back in English class

5. Another lesson.

Violence in politics is never welcome and never allow yourself to be used as a tool for violence.


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