General News of Saturday, 20 June 2015
Chief Priest of the La Traditional Council, Nuumo Yemo Obroni has laughed off claims by the Ga Traditional Council that the June 3 flood and fire disaster was due to the celebrity vigil to protest the power crisis.
In his view, the claim by his colleagues is just the expression of opinion, not based on any facts, and they must therefore be treated with the contempt it deserves.
“We are in a democracy so everyone is entitled to express his opinion,” he stressed.
The Ga Traditional Council, which was vehemently against the dumsor vigil championed by actress Yvonne Nelson and rapper Sarkodie, blame the vigil for the death of over 150 people who were trapped by floods and later burnt to death in an explosion at the Goil filing station at Kwame Nkrumah Circle.
They argue that the vigil which was held during a ban on drumming and noise making angered the gods who visited their wrath on innocent people.
But Nuumo Yemo Obroni who supported the vigil on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme expressed shock at the position of the Ga Council.
He indicated that the unfortunate incident at Nkrumah Circle was due to human error and had no spiritual links, thus the innocent gods should not be blamed.
“What are they talking about? Such disasters happened in the [erstwhile] Rawlings and Kufuor regimes so were those ones also caused by the gods” he quizzed.
The Chief Priest of La noted that if nothing is done about the choked Odaw river at Circle and it rains heavily again, there will be floods.
“What happened at Circle has nothing to do with the gods; maybe the disaster was caused by Ga Traditional Council gods” he stated sarcastically.
Nuumo Yemo Obroni appealed to the Ga Traditional Council to stop mocking the gods.
The Ga Traditional Council also accused a boxing bout last year between Bukom Banku and Ayittey Powers as another cause of the disasters.
Banku and Ayittey Powers have since reacted angrily to the claim.