Former General Secretary for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwabena Agyepong is worried about the craze by Ghanaians to become wealthy overnight which is why they join politics.
He bemoaned the erroneous impression of young people entering politics in recent times who argue that it’s the only way to make them live luxurious lifestyles.
The trained Civil Engineer noted that the current generation is of the view that politics is a “get rich” venture; a perception that should be erased.
To him, the three pillars of politics which need to be imbibed in the youth who want to join politics should include “The Spirit of Service, The spirit of sacrifice, and the spirit of selflessness”.
He argues that the leaders that they met during their growing age in politics were prepared to give their all for the sustenance of the party but that form of dedication seems to have waned in politics.
“When you talk to the young people TESCON and TEIN that belongs to the NDC, they are beginning to see that politics is perhaps the easiest way to make it but it is wrong. I’ve seen something on social media and it is attributed to someone who is anonymous and it says no country develops when politics is more beneficial than industry,” he said on Accra-based Metro TV.
To Kwabena Agyepong, the youth must sit out of calling for coups because it isn’t a very nice experience.
He noted that 60% of Ghana’s population is under 30 years; an indication that they did not live through the years when coups disrupted the lives of the people of Ghana.