NDC Cadres charge Rev. Martey to give up cassock for politics

General News of Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Source: citifmonline.com

Rt Rev Prof Emmanuel Martey

The United Cadres Front (UCF) is challenging members of the clergy who criticize the John Mahama administration to consider becoming “full-time politicians.”

According to the Cadres, some of the members of the clergy are politicians hiding behind their cassocks.

“If somebody wants to go into politics, the person should remove his cassock and go into full-time politics and let us know that we are dealing with politicians. We don’t want people hiding behind the pulpit to enhance their political fortunes,” said the General Secretary of the United Cadres Front, Efanam Nyaku.

The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev. Professor Emmanuel Martey over the weekend remarked that if he were the President of Ghana, he would have been able to fix the nation’s energy crisis within three months.

“Ghana is not a big country for you to take one year to solve this problem. Four months you can solve it – at most six months. Last I was telling my people that if I were in charge within three months I’ll solve the problem,” he said.

His comments received mixed reactions from the general public – while some commended him for his bold declaration, other vilified him for doing the political bidding of another political party.

Mr. Nyaku told Citi News, Rev. Prof Martey’s comments raises a lot of questions.

He asked; “Does he have a holistic appreciation of what the problem really is? If you listen to the content of his speech, it was as if he was deriving and belittling the Mahama administration.”

According to Nyaku, the clergy has a duty spearhead and give directions to the country but not to condemn the leaders who are working to develop the nation.

He said Ghanaians expect the clergy to play their role by “instituting prayer schemes that can influence the spiritual to come to our aid.”

He further admonished them “to get hold of the real facts and explain the situation to their following,” adding that members of the clergy should not belittle the efforts being made by the President to address national issues.”