All the great religions, as well as the lesser ones, recognize the absolute need for a government among men.
Politics and Religion do not mix. Indeed, there are not a few who hold the view that Politics is so essentially materialistic and Religion so fundamentally spiritual that it is difficult for a man to be a successful politician and a good adherent of any religion at the same time.
I want to admit, without the least hesitation, that Politics is essentially materialistic and that Religion is fundamentally spiritual.
So imaging my shock, when I heard Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who I respect and admire so much, wades into the subject that has been a thorny one since the formation of this country.
Politicians are born not made; this is subjective, but I am more inclined to believe in the saying, because lately, I seem to be disappointed in the people, I honestly believe should be above reproach.
What did Bawumia, seek to achieve when he made a rather divisive and pedestrian. “Another major issue that I want to bring to the attention of the people is that; if we look at the Flagstaff house today, it does not reflect the people of Ghana in terms of religion….We are in this country living peacefully and nicely; Muslims and Christians.
So we believe in the NPP that Christians and Muslims should work together and that is why whenever we pick a president as a Christian, we pick a Muslim as a vice.
“…So if, Insha Allah, Nana Akufo-Addo becomes president, he will swear with the Bible and enter the Flagstaff and I will swear with the Quran and enter the flagstaff House. So when we combine the Quran and the Bible, Ghana will be the major beneficiary.
The blessings of God will be on Ghana if we have the two religions in the Flagstaff House,” he said when addressing some NPP supporters in the Sissala East district in the Upper West region
Ghana is a multi-lingual, multi-tribal and multi-cultural people. People who can and will not be held ransomed by any religion, group, tribe, sect or language.
So Dr. Bawumia, must bow his head in shame for his uniformed comments, about the composition of governance in the country.
One does not become a Christian or Muslim by mouth, but by faith, which is based on practice.
The fact that one is born to Muslim parent, does not make him or her one. Dr. Bawumia, must demonstrate his faith through deed and action.
We are kept together, because we have avoided statements that seek to divide us. I am sure Dr. Bawumia, has Christian friends, he is likely more close to than his Muslim brothers.
When he was appointed Deputy Governor of Bank of Ghana, was it because he is a Muslim or it was based on qualification, capacity and competence.
This is a debate nobody wants to engage in, it will not end well, because religion they say is the opium of the masses.
The centre cannot hold, when we allow these divisive tendencies to take a centre stage, it is not even helping us repeating what Dr. Bawumia said.
What is sad and annoying sometimes criticizing someone, who have earned your respect over the years. Dr. Bawumia, has cut his political teeth, he has learnt the ropes so fast, but people surrounding him, like militant Anthony Karbo, are railroading the man into the person he is not.
They are so many issues affecting the Muslim community, Dr. Bawumia, if he cared about them, was expected to tell them what his party in the unlikely event that it wins power, will do for them.
Our Zongos, are the most deprived communities in this country, the Kayeyes in the country come from our Zongos, most beggars in the country are Muslims, our politicians must limit themselves to the pressing and immediate needs of the people, instead of preying on their sensibilities.
You are a Muslim and so what, Nana Addo will swear by the Bible and you by the Holy Quran, and so what. The blessing of God is on this country, not because we choose to elect a Christian and a Muslim to lead us.
We have Ghanaians, who do not belong to the two religious faith Dr. Bawumia mentioned, do they cease to be Ghanaians or they will not partake in the dividends that will accrue when the NPP comes to power.
Dr. Bawumia, you are bigger than this gutter politics. This country will lose a fine brain, when you also decide to go on the tangent as Anthony Karbo, Sammy Awuku and their ilk.
Voters out there are looking for a message, not I belong to this religion, and you belong to that religion.
Boko Haram in Nigeria is a modern pointer in the direction of senseless obedience to people, who are themselves ignorant of the teachings of Islam.
Ghana is a lucky country, we have co-existed side by side, despite our difference. There is too much of ‘we’, ‘them’ and ‘I’, in the NPP.
What do they seek to achieve with these characterization, Nana Addo, in his infamous all-die-be-die speech said ‘yen akanfo’ to wit we the Akans, Osafo Marfo, a former minister of Finance, also said, ‘we control the resources of this country and so must have the right to govern the country.
Muslims believe it is God, who appoints men; he makes kings out of slaves, not because you are a Muslim, but because that is what God has decree.
Bawumia, must do the honorable thing, noted of gentlemen by apologizing and promising never to go down that road again.