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Nana Akufo-Addo, Is Ghana a Church?

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Comment: Too Literally? No

Author:
Kofi Ata, Cambridge, UK
Date:
2014-12-06 11:09:20
Comment to:
DO YOU THINK HE WANTS TO BECOME A BISHOP

Good morning LONTO-BOY. I did state that he was responding to a specific request as well as his choice of words reflecting the environment he found himself and therefore, I did not take his being a Bishop literally.In fact, I specifically avoided the use of the word theocracy as the form of government a Bishop Nana Akufo-Addo will lead.

I believe I am still more Ghanaian than British and therefore understood being asked to lead like a Bishop meant in Ghanaian terms. That meant "fama nyame". That is what the late Attah Mills did. My worry is that Nana Akufo-Addo may fall into that same trap and allow criminals to get away with murder if he becomes president as some religious leaders are now urging him to rule with the heart of a Bishop. It's not only a rallying call on Nana Akufo-Addo to forgive those who have offended him but also not to punish wrong doing. Remember, it was alleged that the late Attah Mills was under the influence of a Nigerian Bishop at the Castle.

The Ghanaian concept of pastoral care and acts of kindness also mean "fama nyame", do not punish or forgive. That is the point I was driving at and the dangers in such approach to leaderships and governance. The NDC will wholeheartedly welcome such an approach when in opposition. Whilst, I am not calling for a witch hunt of former public officials, I want the create, loot and share corruption to be addressed through accountability under the rule of law. Unfortunately, I am of the view that a leader with the characteristics of a Bishop cannot do that.

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Kofi Ata, Cambridge, UK on Dec 6, 11:09
Too Literally? No