Vowing to unleash a kind of pestilence unknown to man on Ghana if the ban on church services was not lifted and same failing to befall us since that call was not heeded to, Osofo Kyirabosom took to his television station to seek solace in the arms of Donald Trump.
The U.S President has announced that churches and mosques are essential services and has consequently declared them opened for their normal activities. This development is receiving widespread condemnations in the U.S and across the world.
It is this same Trump’s Declaration that Kyirabosom is banking his hopes on and asking President Akufo-Addo to follow suit lest a plague-like wind blows across the land.
Kyirabosom and his friends don’t seem to realize that Ghana cannot be compared to the U.S in so many spheres of life. Our socio-economic pedigrees are worlds apart. Culturally, we are parallel to each other.
How can we follow such a decision blindly when we have a completely different system of governance and living standards?
We are almost getting to 7000 infections even with religious activities restricted. What would happen if the ban is lifted without proper fortified mechanisms to ensure that the infections do not escalate?
Fear has gripped most Ghanaians and we are not in a hurry to run to church and mosque services even if the ban is lifted. Until a lid in the form of a vaccine is found to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic, many would remain at home on Sundays.
These ‘collection-motivated’ sermons, if listened to, would lead to the infections of the virus skyrocketing, and that would not bode well for the country.
Instead of wasting time issuing empty threats of fire and brimstone to the Government, Kyirabosom and his friends should think up ways of avoiding an escalation of the virus if the ban is lifted. If they bring forth workable ideas, I believe, we may see an end to the restrictions on church and mosque services.
P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.