DEATH is inevitable, and comes when it has to. Nobody can predict when someone’s life would be taken away into eternity, except God.

Therefore people, especially politicians, need to be very careful about the way they handle issues of the death of prominent statesmen and their spouses, as well as other personalities who have served this country wholeheartedly, in order not to inflame passions and cause unnecessary anxiety among families, relatives, friends and the public, with false alarms of their deaths.

We are compelled to comment on this issue, based on the unfounded rumour of the sudden death of Mrs. Theresa Kufour, wife of former President, John Agyekum Kufour, which went viral in the social media, and seemed to have found space in some private newspapers and the airwaves as well.

The Spokesperson of the former First Family, Frank Agyekum, has rubbished the rumour, and described it as a blatant lie.

“Mrs. Kufour is there and there is nothing wrong with her at all. Whoever is fuelling this rumour, should be ashamed of himself. There is no truth in the story”, he assured.

Speaking in an interview on a local Fm station, Mr. Agyekum dismissed the speculation, and advised Ghanaians not to kill people before they die naturally.

The Times shares the sentiments of the spokesperson of the former First Family, and cautions Ghanaians to be circumspect with the way they deal with issues concerning the lives of individuals in the society.

We recall, the late former President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills, suffered a similar fate. Though alive and kicking, people went round spreading falsehood about his demise, long before he was eventually called to eternity.

Similar rumours were circulated deliberately in the past, about other Ghanaians, which eventually turned out to be false.

We believe there is so much to engage our attention, as far as politics is concerned, rather than dwelling on personalities, and focusing on trivialities which would not put food on our tables.

It is necessary to remind those doing personality politics that, this country is above that; they should therefore, focus on development-based politics, for our collective good and socio-economic advancement.

Those who think they can use the social media to create disaffection, fear, panic and anxiety among the people, must reconsider their thoughts before being exposed and disgraced.

Falsehood and rumour-mongering are shameful, and have no place in our developmental agenda. We should therefore, not engage in them, at the expense of the public good. Enough of them!


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