Suspended founder member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, has cautioned President Nana Akufo-Addo against spending state resources on a National Cathedral, saying the president is treading on dangerous grounds.
President Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 unveiled the design and architecture of the national Cathedral at a brief ceremony at the Accra International Conference Centre.
It would house impressive chapels and baptistery, a 5,000-capacity auditorium, grand central hall, music school, choir rehearsal and multi-use spaces, an art gallery and a shop.
The President said the edifice was going to be an iconic centre for thanksgiving and to worship God for His mercies. He called for all to find space to support the construction of the project.
Making that a reality, however, requires the pulling down of some state institutions including bungalows, some of which were built five years ago. Some judges are being relocated to pave way for the demolition of their bungalows for the project to start.
Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe, who spoke in an interview with sit-in host of the Executive Breakfast Show, Benjamin Akakpo on Class91.3FM, Tuesday 28 August 2018, said: “I’m getting very much worried about what is happening in the country and I ask myself whether my good friend and president now, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has got advisors”.
The NPP stalwart questioned the sort of advice given to the president on the matter, adding: “What is happening now is so dangerous”.
“If they don’t see, I’m telling them as a colleague and a member of the party that it is dangerous [and] they have to listen to what the ordinary person is saying,” he admonished.
Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe said he has listened to several discussions on the matter “and almost 100 per cent of the calls were against this cathedral being built”.
He said he is a Christian and has nothing against religion but wondered if the cathedral was a necessity at the moment.