Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rt. Rev. Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante in expressing his unhappiness about how some people have criticized President Akufo-Addo’s Agenda 111 initiative described them witches who need deliverance from men of God.
But the maverick lecturer is of the view that the stance taken by the revered man of God has no place in a democratic setting like Ghana.
Professor Gyampo explains that the critics of the initiative have every right to express their dissenting opinions giving the bad history of the country where successive governments have abandoned projects initiative by the previous government resulting in wastage of the scarce resources of the country.
He added that religion cannot be used as a tool to gag people with differing views in a multi-party democracy which thrives of on the expression of ideas.
He therefore admonished members of the clergy to wary of their public comments on matters relating to partisan politics in order not appear to gag people with divergent views and opinions.
In a Facebook post sighted by ABC News, Prof. Gyampo expressed that “there is no way religion can be used to silence voices of dissent in any democracy. Dissent is not sinful. It is healthy for the survival of multiparty democracy and development. He who is cutting a path would not know if his back is crooked. Through constructive dissent, (not cynicism) pitfalls of projects and governmental actions are exposed for introspection and redress.”