Politics and religion can mess Ghana up - Budu Koomson

Captain Budu Koomson (rtd) said the improper handling of issues relating to religion and politics is the cause of majority of the lawless situations the nation is witnessing.

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A retired army chief, Captain Budu Koomson (rtd) has warned that religion and politics could cause irreparable damage to Ghana.

According to him, the improper handling of issues relating to religion and politics is the cause of majority of the lawless situations the nation is witnessing.

“I always worry about the implications of what I am seeing…so far, there are two things that can be dangerous for us. The first is religion and the second is politics. These two things; if we do not take care, they can mess us up big time!” he cautioned.

Contributing to a discussion on Citi FM concerning the murder of a New Patriotic Party (NPP) member in Kumasi, Captain Koomson (rtd) said it is evident that once a person becomes a politician in Ghana, their regard for the law is abandoned.

“It’s like once you get into politics, you throw discipline to the dogs; you are not under any law; you can do anything you want as a politician. They murder people, the Police will watch; they plan anarchy, the Police will watch. Why? Because as soon as they cover everything with politics, we seem to have a tendency to shy away from them and let the thing die under politics,” he observed.

So far, two members of the NPP have been killed due to internal wrangling within the party. A few months ago, the Upper East Regional chairman of the party, Mahama Adam died through an acid attack.

The brother of the National Chairman of the party, Paul Afoko and two others are standing trial for the murder.

Last week, a party member in Asawase, a suburb of Kumasi was stabbed to death following a disagreement over the suspension of Mr. Afoko.

Captain Koomson (rtd) however believes, the recent troubles within the NPP reflect “our capacity to manage ourselves – the level and quality of leadership in the country because it is the same people who will get into government and other places.”

“We are all complaining about how we are not managing things well and now we are not managing ourselves well, we are not managing our organizations well and we get up to the national level and we will go and continue mismanaging ourselves.”

He said all that Ghanaians want is to have “strong, alternate parties to discuss substantial issues that will improve our well-being and not to tear themselves apart” but so far, “the others are weak; whichever party is in power has a field day. Whether they are managing well or not, there is nobody to check them. That is the tragedy of the situation.”

He advised that it is time the nation begins setting the “record straight” because “there is just too much indiscipline in politics in Ghana.”

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