Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, National Chief Imam

The Office of the National Chief Imam has said members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference are being citizens and not spectators by criticising the Nana Akufo-Addo led government.

The comment comes after the Director of Communications for the New Patriotic Party, Yaw Buaben Asamoa hit back at the Bishops for criticising government’s management of the public purse.

Mr. Buaben Asamoa in an interview with Citi FM said the Conference’s observations would have been considered if it had focus.

But, speaking on the GTV Breakfast Show, spokesperson of the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu said the statement by the Catholic Bishops is valid and has support in President Akufo-Addo’s charge to Ghanaians when he took over power in 2016.

“In the President’s inaugural speech, he made a very profound statement that provides grounds for everybody in a very responsible manner to criticise government. He said we should be citizens and not spectators. Meaning that as citizens, we should not remain as onlookers. But we should be citizens who carry a responsibility to even keep government on its toes. Make inputs where the need arises and in my view, this is the ground which the Catholic Church comes out to make some of these statements,” Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu said.

Speaking in a keynote address at the opening of the 2021 Plenary Assembly of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Wa on Monday, November 8, President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Most Rev. Philip Naameh said President Akufo Akufo-Addo’s promise to protect the public purse appears to be an illusion years into his reign.

According to the Archbishop, waste and misapplication of public resources is the order of the day. A situation he says is in sharp contrast to what Ghanaians were promised by the president.

‘The expressed commitment of the President of the Republic to protect the public purse, a promise that citizens welcomed, seems to be an illusion now.”

“Are those managing the public purse not concerned about waste and misapplication of resources that belong to all Ghanaians? Can this be referred to as irresponsible use of power or the lack of empathy and compassion?” Archbishop Naameh questioned.

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