Political Scientist, Dr. Seidu Alidu, has stated that the best way to internalize the principles former President Rawlings stood for, when he attempted a coup in 1979, should not only be focused on making June 4 a holiday.
He believes marking the day is a step in the right direction as people get to familiarize themselves with the cardinal principles of the June 4 revolution.
Yet, “I don’t think making that day a holiday will guarantee that people will actually internalize the cardinal principles of the revolution”, Dr. Alidu stated.
He opined that making people live and internalize the principles of June 4, poverty, accountability, social justice is a good.
His comment follows a suggestion by the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, that June 4 be made a holiday to honor the memory of the late former president.
“If the current government thinks that then let them honor his great works and his great works can be remembered if we observe June 4 at least for one day,” Mr Asiedu Nketia had said.
On that score, Dr. Alidu stated that the political socialization of citizens in a country is very key in immortalizing good virtues.
“I believe that political socialization is one of the best ways to internalize the principles the former president stood for; teaching people to be trustworthy, teaching people to be honest, teaching people to be sincere…
“It should be a holistic national outlook that from the word ‘go’, you are socialized politically to respect the institutions that govern the way we live,” he said.
He added that the law should be enforced without fear and favor.
“We need to have the ability to enforce the laws without fear and favor. What we need to do as a state is to make sure that the law that was pass is strictly enforced without respecter of the caliber of persons who commits the acts of corruption, without the respect of the ethnicity, the gender, political affiliation.
“Once we are able to do things this way, with or without a holiday, people will definitely remember these treasured principles and live by them,” he stated.
Story by: Talata Mahama | universnewsroom.com