A group of priests who visited NPP flagbearer Dr. Mahmoud Bawumia following his election as flagbearer have been characterized by former Ashanti Regional Deputy Minister Joseph Yamin as hypocritical and biased in their dealings.
The NDC National Executive, who has a degree in theology as well, thinks that the so-called men of God are really politicians who are only dressing down to mislead and confuse the public—a situation he has witnessed firsthand.
Days after the NPP flagbearer-ship race, Dr. Bawumia posted on his Facebook wall picture of clergymen in Ashanti who visited to congratulate him, with the caption: “Today two separate groups of clergymen from the Ashanti Region and Anglican Diocese of Accra respectively visited me at home and the Jubilee House to congratulate me as the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party. I truly appreciate this gestures and this will further deepen my long-standing close relationship with the church and deepen religious tolerance in Ghana.”
In an exclusive interview with Ultimate FM in the Ashanti area, Mr. Yamin said that this was inappropriate since Dr. Bawumia is a partisan party leader rather than a national icon deserving of these clergymen’s congratulations.
“We never saw these pastors going to congratulate his Excellency John Dramani Mahama, who believes in the Christian faith as the flagbearer of the NDC but the Christians will rather go and congratulate a Muslim who does not believe in their faith as the flagbearer of the NPP.
“I am speaking here not as a politician but as a theologian and a Christian who is surprise about these move by Christians, I will leave the Muslims to deal with their own leaders.
“What do they seek to achieve if not for their own interest, if not for the simple fact that they are members of the political party we call the NPP, why will they be interested in another faith rather than the faith they believe in” Yamin questioned.
“I call it hypocritical and a nice way of deceiving the people just for their own parochial interest. I have never heard them criticize the numerous lies peddled by Bawumia in his leadership as the vice president of this republic. The bible speaks against lies, and so if the Christian faith will see no evil or hear no evil of the NPP and Bawumia in particular, I am very much surprised”
Mr. Yamin stated that he wouldn’t have objected if the Islamic clerics were local ones since it may be perceived as the Islamic community applauding one of their own on a career advancement.
“These pastors who visited Bawumia to congratulate him, Bawumia is a Muslim and there is this saying that let the dead bury the dead, if I will literally translate that, is better the Muslim preachers rather go and congratulate him as a flag-bearer of the NPP, I won’t have a problem with that because they belong to the Islamic faith.
“Because that will be like the Islamic faith going to congratulate one of their owns for his elevation but I find it so hypocritical and very interesting that development from the Christian community, some selected pastors from Ashanti region to want to go and congratulate him.”