Some pastors and church leaders have registered their displeasure over President Akufo-Addo’s directive banning all church gatherings for the next four weeks in an attempt to prevent the community spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
According to these “Men of God”, their protest is as a result of the President’s failure to consult them before issuing the directives on Sunday.
Among these preachers include the Founder and President of the Worldwide Miracle Outreach and an International Evangelist, Dr Lawrence Tetteh. According to Dr. Lawrence Tetteh, in the face of the imminent threat, government needs religious leaders now more than ever since they are able to disseminate information better to Ghanaians.
He rather called on government to open churches and mosques so that leaders can sensitize their members on the preventive measures of the coronavirus which is currently a global pandemic.
Reverend Christian Kwabena Andrews, widely know an Osofo Kyiri Abosom, the Founder and General Overseer of Life Assembly Worship Centre and also the Presidential Candidate for the Ghana Union Movement (GUM), has also indicated his displeasure with the directive.
In an interview with Accra-based Peace FM, Osofo Kyiri Abosom expressed, “I disagree with the president’s directive. What is his basis for such a ban? Is it because of the cases recorded outside Ghana and elsewhere? All the cases reported here are all imported. The most important thing he should have done was to strengthen surveillance on Ghana’s borders. He should allow students to go back to school for them to be tested. People also must go to church so that they can be tested.”
Other religious leaders meanwhile agree to, and commend the President for the move, chiding their colleague pastors who do not seem ready to ‘play ball’.
A statement signed by the Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye has directed the church to suspend all church services, retreats, conferences revivals and funerals for the next four week in line with government’s directive.
“The leadership has decided to reorganize the activities and programs on PENT TV to meet the spiritual needs of the members. Members are encouraged to patronize PENT TV and other social media platforms of the church. Ministers, officers and the entire membership are encouraged to use the social media and other electronic means to reach out to one another,” portions of the statement read.
Moreover, the leadership of the other Christian bodies such as the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, the Methodist Church Ghana, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Assemblies of God Church Ghana, International Central Gospel Church, Action Chapel International have all released statements complying with the President’s directive.