Member of Parliament for the Assin South Constituency in the Central region, Rev John Ntim Fordjour has criticised running mate to former President Mahama, Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang for “personally pouring libation at the onset of her campaign.”
According to him, the act is a cultural and religious blunder because she’s not part of the designated people in tradition to pour libations.
“How many times did Yaa Asantewaa pour libation herself at Manhyia Palace or Ejisu Palace? For what it is worth, examine the traditional religion and be educated on the designated persons authorized to pour libation in a palace,” he opined.
During a recent visit to the Omanhene of the Oguaa Traditional Area, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II at the Emintsimadze Palace in Cape Coast, Prof Opoku-Agyemang was captured holding a schnapp bottle and invoking the gods of the land following her outdooring as running mate.
This Rev Ntim Fordjour believes is a traditional goof.
In a statement sighted by ABC News, the Assin South MP clarified that his criticisms were not borne out of malice to the traditional religion and the libation pouring but rather for the right to be done during such moments.
Find the full statement below:
On the matter of Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman personally pouring libation at the outset of her campaign; what a way to launch a lost campaign, what a way to inspire women!
Don’t ever get tempted to reference this cultural and religious blunder to the rather courageous and inspiring matriarch Nana Yaa Asantewaa. We have astute and courageous Ghanaian female warriors today who hold high and reputed ranks in the military and other security agencies just like the matriarch Yaa Asantewaa. Yaa Asantewaa is a symbol of courage, female empowerment and a role model, relevant even in our contemporary times. How many times did Yaa Asantewaa pour libation herself at Manhyia Palace or Ejisu Palace? For what it is worth, examine the traditional religion and be educated on the designated persons authorized to pour libation in a palace. This is simply a matter of principle. This is certainly not a critique prejudicial to gender nor religion. It is purely a matter of principle. If the NDC running mate sincerely believes that indeed she holding schnapps to pour libation in a palace is a tenet of her utmost religious belief, then she must so perform it the prescribed way. Otherwise, if pouring libation is truly not part of her stated religion and belief which she had publicly professed; which is a matter of public record, then she must know better to let the authorized religious/traditional leaders practice their belief at the designated places.
It’s purely a matter of PRINCIPLE, a running mate ought to be principled and act consistent with same. They must concede that indeed, their running mate and her handlers have erred and the rather unfortunate precedent set is most unworthy of emulation.