I have received calls from religious leaders to call government to order – Mahama reveals

Former President John Mahama has disclosed that he has received complaints from members of the clergy to call government to order on what he describes as “unfair treatment and targeted attacks on religious leaders in the country.”

He said religious leaders have expressed displeasure over attacks launched on them for speaking against injustice in the country.

Mr Mahama says the leaders therefore have called on him to intervene.

“Indeed I’ve received complaints from men of God to call government to order in its unfair treatment and targeted attacks on them for speaking out against injustice.

“When appointing authorities turn a blind eye to persecution of such Christian leaders, it only emboldens certain elements working for government to extend their terror to others because they know they would be rewarded for their mercenary work in cowering decent people into silence,” he said.

He was speaking at the introductory ceremony of Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang to the clergy where he condemned the act.

Mr Mahama says, churches have laid down procedures and regulatory bodies mandated to address Christian leaders in instances where they err, therefore, government resorting to attacks on them as a way to seek redress on matters is unfortunate.

“If you respect the law, you will follow the right channels to seek redress. You do not send party apparatchiks to rain insults and terror on people who hold views that you do not find complementary to government.

“As citizens of our own country and not illegal residents, we should be able to speak our minds freely like it has been in the past and not be terrified as we see today,” he added.

He further commended the clergy for their constant effort to ensure development in the country.

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