Rt Rev Stephen Bosomtwi-Ayensu, Methodist Bishop of Obuasi Diocese
THE METHODIST Bishop of Obuasi Diocese, Rt Rev Stephen Richard Bosomtwi-Ayensu, yesterday launched a political missile attack on managers of the nation’s economy, describing them as big liars.
According to him, truth which represents the Greek word ‘Aletheia’ – meaning the actual state of affairs, had eluded the current crop of leaders who are trying to peddle falsehoods to defend their incapacities and deficiencies.
Speaking at the opening of the 17th Annual Synod of the church in Obuasi, the outspoken Methodist Bishop questioned President John Mahama of the indicators that pointed to hope for the turn-around of Ghana’s economy as he suggested during the May Day celebration.
He said despite the country’s humungous resources, ‘Ghana is still hanging in the air with its citizens wallowing in abject poverty, all because of mismanagement and stealing in high places.’
‘Gradually, we are becoming experts in begging and borrowing. Too much borrowing would never bring any development to this nation. If the trustees of the ‘borrowed monies’ are going to be sincere to present to the State a statement of account, I can vouch that the revelations that would come out would send thousands of us into our early graves,’ Rev Bosomtwi-Ayensu underpinned.
He dared government to call for audit on loans contracted and thereof since assuming the mantle of leadership of the country if the NDC government wants to preserve its integrity.
The Bishop questioned the basis of comparison in responding to an assertion by the Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) that ‘it is not only in Ghana that fuel prices are unstable, and that US, UK and South Africa are also experiencing similar situations.
‘On what premise is the (NPA) boss making the comparison? What is the cost of living in those countries; what are the salary levels over there? Are we living under the same government, and are the heads and government of those countries having the same disposition and characteristics?’ he asked rhetorically.
He continued, ‘How do they value fuel and electricity in relation to human survival and industrial growth? The leaders of our time are BIG LIARS.’
For Rev Bosomtwi-Ayensu, ‘Our leaders do not learn anything from those nations they try to compare ourselves with. They only do so to defend their incapacities and deficiencies.’
The man of God warned government against excessive borrowing, noting that ‘Ghana should not pride itself or project itself as ‘loan king’ as if it is an honour.’
He pointed to the contradictory statements made by the President and his Minister of Finance and Economic Planning where they later claimed a moratorium had been placed on contracting loans, while the Chief Executive of the land stated borrowing would be the order of his government.
From Ernest Kofi Adu, Obuasi
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