GHANA is acknowledged globally, as a peaceful nation; indeed it is considered an oasis of peace in a region characterised by civil strife and other forms of conflict.
This, perhaps, explains why the country is attractive to foreigners wishing to visit Africa, and the preferred destination for investors; for there is no gainsaying the fact that peace and stability are the pre-requisites for development and the hallmarks of investor confidence.
This is why the authorities must be concerned about certain developments in the country, and take the measures necessary to stem them in their tide.
Any observer of contemporary developments in the country would agree that indiscipline is creeping fast into the society, and if not quickly checked, would soon engulf the nation and the consequences could be dire, for its stability and growth.
It is becoming a common phenomenon for people aggrieved by certain decisions of government or its institutions, to resort to acts of indiscipline or rioting as the way of expressing their disagreements and frustrations and seeking redress for such grievances.
Students, at the least opportunity, riot on their campuses, and vandalise school property; workers protesting over issues affecting their interests, go beyond the laid-down regulations and destroy property; similarly, youths in some communities who feel strongly about decisions or actions of their chiefs or local authorities, take the law into their hands and cause mayhem.
Though the national constitution guarantees the citizens the right to demonstrate, with the security agencies even enjoined by law to offer them protection during such protest marches, when protesters go beyond bounds to cause mayhem or destroy property, then their actions threaten the peace of the nation.
The Times calls on all citizens to respect the laws governing demonstrations in the country and abide by them. We all must appreciate the need to sustain the peace by remaining law abiding.
We, however, believe that this can be successful only when the authorities respond with the needed urgency, to people’s grievances, instead of the prevarication and intransigence they often exhibit in emergency situations.
They must be reminded that procrastination is the thief of time, and consequently, be prompt with their responses to exigencies.