General News of 2014-02-20

Duncan-Williams: Ghanaians losing respect for the elderly

Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams says Ghanaians are fast losing respect for the elderly.

According to him, the age-old Ghanaian culture of deferring to elders even when a child is right and the elder is wrong appears to have disappeared.

“…You haven’t done anything and you just get up, just because you don’t agree with somebody’s belief or faith, you just insult and criticise them; that is not our culture”, he said.

According to him, “we are not used to this kind of culture”.

“We have respect for the elderly. In our culture we don’t insult people. Even when you are right and you are wrong, you still give respect to the elderly. Something is changing in this culture”, he bemoaned in an interview with BBC’s Sammy Darko.

The Christian Action Faith Ministries’ (CAFM) General Overseer recently came under a hail of criticism for praying for the local currency – cedi – to recover against the dollar and other major international currencies.

He suffered similar fate when he said non-achievers were not qualified to criticise him.