According to him, politicians over the years have failed to live exemplary lives to motivate Ghanaians to adhere to the principles of patriotism.
“In the fight for independence, Kwame Nkrumah succeeded in whipping up patriotic feeling among the nationalist fighters. How did he do it? He associated himself with ordinary people and demonstrated to them that he was championing their course. But so far, I think the political leaders that we have in Ghana demonstrate more to us that they are selfish, self-seeking, self-perpetuating and they are self-aggrandizing cabals,” he told Richard Sky of Citi FM on Friday.Dr. Ransford made the comment on the back of former President Mahama’s cry that patriotism, which in the past was a dominant characteristic among Ghanaians has become lacking in recent times.
“…Nationalism and patriotism have become very deficient in Ghana today. Absolutely nobody thinks about the country first; we all think about ourselves first, our families second, our parties third, maybe, our communities fourth and Ghana comes a distant fifth or sixth or even tenth,” the former President said at a lecture to open the NDC’s Institute of Social Democracy at the party’s headquarters in Accra on Friday.
While agreeing with the former President, Dr. Gyampo said another way of boosting nationalism and patriotism in Ghanaians is to equip the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) with the necessary logistics and funds to discharge its role effectively.
“…We know that there is deficient civic education in Ghana. Go to NCCE, they will tell you that they don’t have money. And that has been the refrain since they were formed in 1992. NCCE always does not have money to inculcate into people patriotism and political leaders are also not doing much to help deal with this particular situation because the more they inculcate this spirit of patriotism in people, the more they also enlighten them on civic rights.”