Are we truly religious people?

We pose this question with the deepest respect to the sensibility and sensitivity of Ghanaians for their various belief systems.

Indeed, the 1992 constitution of Ghana gives us the right to practice any religion and to manifest such practice.

Religion plays an important role in our national lives as it puts the fear of God in us to do what is right in society, for the society to go on well and to attain salvation.

The Almighty God has given us his bounties on this earth to reap and live a dignified life. And this calls for hard work.

Majority of Ghanaians are either Christians or Muslims. Invariably, both belief systems emphasise on the reliance on Almighty God for all our spiritual and worldly desires.

It is said that God helps those who help themselves; implying that we have to work so hard to achieve the bounties of God on earth.

In our difficult times, we ask for God’s blessing to   relieve us of our challenges and to continue to guide us to attain our spiritual and worldly desires.

Generally, Ghanaians all over the world are recognised for their God fearing posture, spirit of hard work, honesty, and dedication to duties.

For these reasons, they are considered reliable workforce and are sought for on the international labour market.

We at Ghanaian Times are, therefore, worried over the influence of sorcerers and magicians in our national psyche, a trend that appears to deviate us from our belief in God and the need to work harder to achieve our worldly desires.

The issue was brought to the national fore, in Parliament on Wednesday, in a statement by the Member of Parliament(MP) for Central Tongu, Alexander Roosevelt Hottordze, which has engendered a keen debate in the house.

Mr Hottordze condemned the activities of the sorcerers, especially as they have taken over the national airwaves to promote their activities at the expense of important national discourse.

Ghanaian Times reiterate the need for a broadcasting law to sanitise our national airwaves from these fraudsters.

We believe the state has the duty to cleanse the national airwaves, while we also owe it a duty to ourselves to guard against these charlatans.

The Central Tongu MP noted in his statement that “What is more worrying is the suspicion that some request for human blood, as well as body parts. It will, therefore, not be wrong to conclude that some of the abductions and kidnappings are occurring because of the request for human parts and blood for performance of rituals, which will enable the money doubling activities to take place.” 

Their claims to make one richer quickly is fast gaining grounds in the country. Ghanaian Times is particularly worried that our society is vulnerable and easily gullible. We should, therefore, nip in the bud this disturbing trend.

People continue to fall prey to these charlatans and we add our voice on need to take swift action to deal with the matter before it becomes a national crisis.

We know our laws frown on their activities, and so we expect the security agencies to apply the whip. 

Some people are desperate and would want to risk to the maximum, to make it in life by hook or by crook.

Certainly, there is no short cut to life; making it in life depends on hard work!

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