Christian rights cannot be imposed on this nation - Pratt tells Akufo-Addo

Kwesi Pratt, Ace Journalist

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on March 6, 2017, indicated that his government will build a national Cathedral to aid Christian activities in the country.

The President disclosed this during Ghana's 60th anniversary which was held at the independence square in Accra.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on March 6, 2017, indicated that his government will build a national Cathedral to aid Christian activities in the country.

The President disclosed this during Ghana's 60th anniversary which was held at the independence square in Accra.

Addressing the President's quest to establish a Cathedral in the country, NPP activist and lawyer John Kumah complimented the President on Peace FM's Kokrokoo for his great initiative.

According to him, the Cathedral will serve as a resort centre for all Christians in the nation and a place where they would converge to undertake a common activity for the peace of the country.

Earlier, last week, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Attah during the presentation of the 2017 budget, made some references to quotations in the Bible, the Holy book of Christians.

He said: “Mr Speaker, I see our nation with this overwhelming election mandate as all having decided to withdraw in unison like Jesus to a remote place, Mr. Speaker, only to discover that we have five loaves of bread and two fishes to feed our 25 million plus fellow citizens. But herein lies the genius of the Ghanaian for we are God’s handiwork created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do. As you can see, Mr. Speaker, with 5 loaves and 2 fishes, President Akufo-Addo’s budget has tackled the five structural pillars of revenue, expenditure, earmarked funds, labour and our debt.”

But the Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt held that no one religion holds sway over the other in Ghana and cautioned against any attempt to impose Christian rights on the nation.

Expressing his chagrin, he emphatically stated that "if it’s even three people in Ghana who don’t believe in God, they have a right to their beliefs. If it’s three people who are Atheists in Ghana, they’re entitled to their right. That’s something we must live with. It must show.”

To Mr. Pratt, Christianity should not take precedence over other religions.

“Judaism, as a religion, it doesn’t accept the new testament. That’s the basis of the religion. So, if someone doesn’t believe in Jesus; the person has not breached the law. And if there’s someone who believes in Jesus, the person has also not infringed on the law. That’s why the national constitution is a secular constitution. So, sometimes when we’re talking and we say that Christians are many than Muslims; it’s problematic. The fact that if it’s even true that Christians are numerous than Muslims, it doesn’t mean that Christian rights can be imposed on the nation," he said on Kokrokoo.