A former appointee under the Mahama administration, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, has charged Christians to ignore the political comments of a former Methodist Bishop of the Obuasi Diocese, Rt. Rev. Stephen Richard Bosomtwe Ayensu.
According to him, the Methodist clergy is an ‘NPP propagandist’, and, therefore, his comments are skewed towards the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
In a Facebook post on Monday, Kwakye Ofosu explained that there are men of God who have earned the credibility to comment on relevant national developments, with the exception of Bishop Bosomtwi-Ayensu, who seeks to give the NPP undue political advantage.
“For our Christian brethren, it is extremely important that you do not allow religious fanaticism and gullibility to let you fall prey to charlatans who abuse the platform offered by the church for partisan gain.
“The antics of Bosomtwi Ayensu out him as a clear NPP propagandist whose shrill interventions in the political discourse aim solely to give the NPP undue advantage”, portions of the post read.
In explaining Bishop Bosomtwe Ayensu’s alleged political bias, Mr Kwakye referred to some events in the past to substantiate his claims.
“Below is an example of his nonsensical and illogic political diatribes and why you should be wary of him. In 2012 the Daily Guide reported him as saying this; ‘The Methodist Bishop of the Obuasi Diocese, Rt. Rev. Stephen Richard Bosomtwi-Ayensu, has asked President John Evans Atta Mills to reject the accolade ‘Asomdwehene’ (Prince of Peace) as it was the title of God, explaining that its usage would only ruin him since it was tantamount to blasphemous behaviour’ “.
In 2014, the same man has this to say; “The Methodist Bishop of the Obuasi Diocese, Rt. Rev. Stephen Richard Bosomtwi-Ayensu, has attributed the current peace being enjoyed in the country to the decision by the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2012 presidential elections, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo to resort to court….” We are not doing politics here, but if there is any title that best describes Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo, then this man must be called the BETTER AND ORIGINAL ASOMDWEHENE”, he referenced.
The comment by Mr Kwakye Ofosu was on the back of a recent comment by the Methodist Bishop, who criticised former president John Mahama for saying he will cancel the electronic transaction levy (e-levy) when he assumes office in 2025.
Bosomtwe Ayensu believes the cancellation of the levy will not materialise because the 2020 NDC flagbearer will not get another opportunity to lead the country again.
He made a comment when he addressed journalists at the ongoing 25th Synod of the Methodist Church at the Mount Zion Methodist Church, Obuasi.
The outspoken former bishop further expressed disappointment in him (the former president) for making such utterances in an attempt to sway voters.
Mr Bosomtwe Ayensu further reiterated that the country’s predicaments will take only wise economic decisions such as the e-levy to get the country out of the doldrums.
He is convinced that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was on the right track to get the nation back on track and should not be distracted by such comments from the former president.
“The wrecks and shocks of the pandemic, which the Russia-Ukraine war has deepened, are clear. We should all endeavour to pay the e-levy so the government could use the accrued money for development”, he stated.
He, therefore, called on the country to help push the government’s agenda to industrialise the country.
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