A former leader of the pro-government group, the Alliance For Responsible Opposition (AFRO), says General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Pastor Mensa Otabil, lacks the moral credibility to discuss issues bordering on politics.
Mr. Benjamin Akyena-Brentuo believes the celebrated philosopher is extremely biased when it comes to politics.
Speaking at a public lecture to commemorate the Centenary celebration of William Ofori-Atta, a member of the Big Six, Pastor Otabil is reported to have said: “We have allowed our parochial, ethnic and political biases to arrest our conscience and the sense of decency. We have pushed intelligent, sincere and honest exchanges on national development beyond the boundaries of reason. It is just scary watching a nation run itself into the ground. In today’s Ghana it is impossible to raise and discuss any issue of value without it being painted in political colours. We denigrate ideas without considering their merit. We drag useful proposals into the gutters and wreck mischief into any proposal that does not emanate from our side of the political divide. Ghana has stopped thinking; we talk loudly and think very little. This is a noisy nation with no clarity, so much heat but no light”.
But contributing to a panel discussion on Radio Gold’s Alhaji and Alhaji programme, Mr. Akyena-Brentuo stated: “…the level of hypocrisy in this country is so mind boggling. I will say without any shred of doubt that I think Reverend Mensah Otabil on this subject, lacks the moral credibility to discuss it because I think he is extremely biased when it comes to discussing political issues”.
According to him, though there have been several insulting statements like the infamous “all-die-be-die” by the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, the renowned man of God turned a blind eye to them all and even refused to pass comments.
“Where was Otabil when Nana said “all-die-be-die”? Where was he when members of Kufuor’s administration were looting state lands?…The timing he chooses to intervene in these issues appears to always favour a certain faction. A lot of things have happened in this country and we never heard Mensah Otabil and the likes comment on it,” he added.
Quoting from the scriptures to support his discourse (Matthew 7:3), he advised ICGC General Overseer to “remove the plank in his eyes before attempting to remove the speck in others”.
To him, if the country wants to be counted as a developed nation, “there are thorny issues we need to scratch and the first place to start is the church; because the church has failed us more than politicians”.