Chief Executive Officer of the Free Zones Board Kojo Twum Boafo has expressed shock at the complete silence of outspoken religious leaders on issues arising from the invitation of three South African Police officers by the NPP to offer military training to bodyguards of Nana Akufo Addo and his running mate.
Mr Twum Boafo is particularly disturbed about a developing trend whereby a group of prominent religious leaders openly condemn and sometimes insult President John Mahama and his government on some critical national issues yet remain overly silent on matters bothering other political groupings.
The Free Zones Board CEO was contributing to the ensuing debate on the three South African Police Officers deported recently after their arrest and detention by BNI for illegally offering military training to some Ghanaians at Agona Duakwa in the Central region.
He does not understand why the matter which bothers on national security and Ghana’s peace has been largely condemned by experts and all other political parties yet “does not bother Pastors well known for their so-called frank talk”.
For instance, Dr Kwesi Enin of the Kofi Annan Security Centre, Kingsley Agyei an expert in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, Policy Think Tank IMANI Ghana and the latest being the Executive Director of WANEP Emmanuel Bombande, have all condemned the act and asked NPP to accept they were wrong.
The party’s initial attempt to cover up came from Communications Director Nana Akomeah who told a news conference they invited the deportees through Captain Edmund Koda who heads Nana Akufo Addo’s security detail.
The party’s second attempt linked them to Delta Force Security owned by one Captain Kwesi Acquah (Rtd) who incidentally owns the El Capitano hotel where the trio were conducting their business.
But the Immigration Service through its investigation revealed that the suspects were brought into the country by McDan Shipping Company Limited and the Danquah Institute, a think tank which has been very critical of the Electoral Commission.
Those who have condemned the NPP’s act have been blunt insisting the activity is subversive, has no justification because Nana Addo, his running mate, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia and their spouses have not come under any threat nor have lodged a formal complaint to the Police Service.
Kojo Twum Boafo who was speaking on Accra based Muntie FM said “the NPP has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubts they don’t mean well for the country and yet these public figures have chosen to remain silent.”
Key among the government critics are Pastor Mensa Otabil of the International Central Gospel Church and Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.
Just recently, the Moderator of the Presby Church heavily lambasted President John Mahama for bringing in the two GTMO detainees.
But these outspoken critics have so far been silent. They have also never commented on the several violent incidents at the NPP headquarters, not even the acid attack on the NPP Upper East regional Chairman, Adams Mahama and the stabbing to death of an NPP supporter at Asawase, a suburb of Kumasi late last year.
Kojo Twum Boafo asked, “Where’s the Presby moderator, Where’s the The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference, Rev Joseph Osei Bonsu , Where’s Dr Mensa Otabil,,,,the hypocrisy is too much” he told show host Mugabe Maase.
Prior to the departure of the South Africans, NPP had started mobilizing the youth inciting them to mass up at the premises of the BNI where they were detained to demand their immediate release. The party addressed a news conference vowing to clash with security agencies should their demand be ignored.