Mahama is fanning religious and ethnic tensions – NDP

Politics of Monday, 9 March 2015


Ernest Owusu Bempah Adomfm

The National Democratic Party (NDP) is blaming President Mahama for the current ethnocentric and religious tensions in the country.

The Party says the President’s comments on the subject do not only fan religious sentiments and ethnocentrism, but also shows how he has failed in his leadership role.

President Mahama recently warned of sanctions against any head of a mission school who compels a non-Christian to attend church services or faith-based meeting.

The comment was met with resistance by the Catholic Bishops Conference and the Christian Council of Ghana.

Communications Director of the NDP, Ernest Owusu Bempah says Ghana is sitting on a time bomb and such comments from the leader of the nation are counterproductive.

Speaking to Nhyira FM in Kumasi on the sidelines of a governance lecture in Kumasi, Mr. Owusu-Bempah warned that Ghana’s security has been dealt a major blow by the president’s comments.

“There is no leader in this country. When there is a religious tension between two religious factions how can the President of the Republic of Ghana come out and speak like that? It tells you the kind of leader we have in this country,” Mr. Owusu-Bempah said.

“The nation is sitting on a time bomb and it all boils down to lack of leadership. We are heading into a situation where we are sitting on a time bomb. It’s a threat to national security when the country is being prodded into religious ethnocentrism. It’s very dangerous for our country,” Mr. Owusu-Bempah warned.

The lasting solution, according to the NDP, is to vote out the NDC in 2016.