The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, Most Rev. Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo, has urged Parliament to render an unqualified apology to the people for the chaos that characterised the election of the new Speaker of Parliament last Thursday.
He said such negative acts did not paint a good picture of the country in the eyes of the international community.
“We are all condemning it because it did not go down well, and it’s not a good picture of ourselves as the beacon of democracy in Africa. As representatives of the people, they should have comported themselves well,” he said.
Most Rev. Boafo made the call in an interview with the Daily Graphic on the sideline of the 2021 Methodist Church Ghana Connexional Women’s Fellowship officers’ training course in Accra yesterday.
It was on the theme: “Discipleship: Teaching everyone to live like Jesus Christ.”
The occasion was also used to launch the 90th anniversary celebration of the fellowship with the inauguration of an anniversary planning committee.
Most Rev. Dr Boafo said it was incumbent on politicians from the political divide to build consensus on issues so that their deliberations would not degenerate into acrimony.
The election of a new Speaker of Parliament turned acrimonious last Thursday with some MPs of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) getting on each other’s throat over disagreements in the process.
On the training programme, Most Rev. Dr Boafo charged women of the church to add their voice to ongoing sensitisation of the public to adhere to COVID-19 protocols to prevent the spread of the virus in the country.
The presiding bishop said the church was concerned about the welfare of the people, including the downtrodden.
He said women had an important role to play in society since they could influence behavioural change as mothers.
The Bishop of the Accra Diocese of the Methodist Church Ghana, Rt Rev. Samuel Kofi Osabutey, said Christian leadership was God-given to influence a specific group of people to live good lives.
For his part, the Lay Chairman of the Methodist Church Ghana, Mr William Orleans Oduro, said the aim of the women fellowship was to, among others, unite women in the growth of the church and society in general.