Beloved readers, I will briefly interrupt my holidaying. Over these few weeks, there has been heated arguments on local radio, over Ghana’s acceptance to host two Yemeni ex-Guantanamo bay detainees. They were said to have been held without trial for 12 years by the U.S. and now have been released and subsequently posted to Ghana for whatever goddamn reason I don’t know. Pastors, Evangelists and religious people in general, collectively calling themselves ‘The Christian Council’ have raised a serious opposition to it. Some have gone to the extent of filing a suit against the president, calling him an idiot.
Isn’t the job of the so called ‘Christian Council’ that of preparing people to go to heaven? How does that translate into international relations or politics. Many of this Hollywood-styled greedy bastards calling themselves preachers and whatnots are worse than ex convicts. In fact they are robbers. Many of them continue to live in multi-storey luxury apartments and ride in 4WD luxury cars while their poor congregants continue to attend church on foot or commute by some ‘boneshaker’ public bus. They are already in heaven and their congregants are in hell. I understand in Europe and America, religious influence is declining. Here, it is at its apex.
Their actions appear to have arisen from humanitarian concerns but it’s definitely a sham. Supposing these ex suspects were Christians, do you think they will be this aggressive in their opposition? Their actions no doubt have religious underpinnings. They are not just opposed to Ghana hosting ex suspects, they are opposed to Islam. And wherever there are strong religious sentiments, there is divisiveness. Which is why I think that religion should be completely separated from politics. But in Africa it will be difficult because the clergy enjoy many unjustified privileges and have special influence on national policies. Want to know why? Because during elections, they receive ‘donations’ and in turn do PR for their preferred candidates. Some even go as far as implying which politician the congregants should vote for.
There are also civil society players and activists who question Ghana’s sovereignty as a state, since we seem to be only joiners. We subscribe to any stupid treaty, accept any useless policy and have agreed to share in United State’s guilt for violating the fundamental human rights of the Yemeni suspects. The question I want to ask is this: ‘Is there a truly sovereign state in Sub Saharan Africa?’ Sadly, no! It appears each West African nation is still under the control of its former colonial master. Kwame Nkrumah called it Neocolonialism. When 90% of a country’s national developmental budget depends on foreign donors, then that country should know that it is trading its sovereignty for loans.