The General Overseer of Jesus Generation Ministries, Rev. Nana Anyani-Boadum has bemoaned the silence of religious leaders on the political violence characterising the on-going biometric registration exercise in the country.
He warned that failure to break the silence could lead to political conflict and turmoil in the run up to the general elections.
Speaking to the Times in Accra, yesterday Rev. Nana Anyani-Boadum, the General overseer of the Jesus Generation Ministries, urged the religious leaders and the National Peace Council to abandon their diplomatic approach in dealing with the political tension and address the issues head-on.
He said the violence associated with the biometric exercise was so alarming that if the leaders fail to speak bluntly about them, it could lead to political conflict and civil war.
“The politicians intentionally make the environment hostile to satisfy their own motives and that works to their advantage. That is why the church should not be coward and sing to their tune. We must tell them in the face about their inactions to help save lives,” he stressed.
Rev. Anyani-Boadum, also Executive member of the Ghana Pentecostal and Council said while the hawks in the political parties were taking the nation to ransom, it was prudent for the religious leaders to abandon their sinful silence, which as if by conspiracy over the deteriorating political landscape.
He said the peace council should stop cherry-picking issues, thereby failing to talk about those that they sympathise with and rather focus on promoting a national agenda, emphasising that such attitudes would be detrimental to the peace and stability of the nation.
Rev. Anyani-Boadum observed that the hatred being preached by leading members of the political parties together with their “ethnic cleaning tendencies” and brutalisation of political opponents was inimical to development.
He said for politicians to determine who should be registered at a polling centre was gradually setting the stage for full blown conflict.
“The tragedy of our surrounding nations vividly speaks to us of how nations fall slowly by violent conflict. Let us not deceive ourselves into thinking that what has started at the biometric registration cannot lead to conflict,” he said.
Rev. Anyani-Boadum said politicians across the world were leading people to fight and become angry about nothing, putting each other down through hatred and distraught.
“Some may think Ghanaians are so quiet and humble that we cannot discern into political chaos as the other nations in the sub-region have encountered. The reality is that the average Ghanaian can equally be pushed to cause mayhem like those in other countries,” he said.
Rev. Anyani-Boadum pointed out that Ghanaians were equally vicious, atrocious and cold-hearted and thus, urged the religious bodies including chiefs to speak against such violence to ensure that peace prevailed in the country.