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Attacks on Pastor Otabil “unfortunate’’ – Lawyer

Legal practitioner, Yaw Oppong, has described as “unfortunate” the government’s response to the demands of a new leadership by the General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church.

Pastor Mensah Otabil last Thursday likened Ghana to a “sinking” ship, which he said needs a “decisive captain”, rather than an “overconfident” one, to steer the rudder out of the midst of “icebergs” to safety.

Our ship is going down, and we can’t pretend it’s a party,” he told the gathering at the ‘Festival of Ideas’ programme in Accra.

According to the Ghanaian lawyer, Dr. Otabil’s description of the current economic crisis was apt. He hit the nail right on the head.

Speaking on Citi FM’s Saturday analysis programme, The Big Issue, Mr. Oppong criticized government for the name calling and attacks on the preacher by some officials.

The legal practitioner admonished government to take the views of the renowned Ghanaian pastor in good faith. Adding that “Dr. Otabil’s statements are the reality on the ground’’.

Pastor Otabil’s comments have attracted strong condemnation from government officials including the Communications Minister Dr. Omane Boamah, who described Dr. Otabil’s statements as “unfortunate.”

Another panelist on the show financial consultant, Sidney Casely Hayford, also chastised government for being in self denial about Ghana’s challenges.

He opined that  the only way Ghana can emerge from its current economic dilemma is for President John Mahama and his appointees to accept the realistic challenges confronting the nation and quickly institute measures to solve them.

By: Evans Effah/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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