MUYAD Social Services, an Islamic NGO has called on the leadership of the Methodist Church of Ghana to render an unqualified apology to the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Ghanaians for disregarding the GES directives.
This follows the decision by the Headmistress of the Wesley Girl's SHS to ban Muslim students from observing Ramadan prayers while on campus. This ignited reactions from the Ghanaian public as an affront to the peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Christians in the country.
The GES issued a directive to help calm the rising tension and further asking Muslim students be allowed to fast but with an undertaken.
However, the Methodist Church of Ghana, caretakers of the Wesley Girl's SHS, issued a counter press release rubbishing the peace-intended directives from the GES.
The Muslim population and some well-meaning Ghanaians saw it as not right for the Church's leadership to disregard a directive of state supervisory body.
The group call on the leadership of the Methodist Church to apologize and retract what they described as 'needless opposition'.
Below is the full statement:
ATTENTION ALL NEWS EDITORS:
METHODIST CHURCH OF GHANA: AN 'OPPRESSIVE, ARROGANT AND SHAMELESS THIEF'
….Before we proceed to the main subject above, let us remind ourselves on the legal framework of Ghana. Before the 1992 Constitution of Ghana came into force; any law, bylaw, regulations or rules that existed and contradicts the 1992 Constitution becomes diseffective. Again, no educational institution can set rules that contradict that of Ghana Education Service Code of Conduct for all educational institutions.
The Executives of MUYAD Social Service write to seek the attention of the distinguished leaders of Methodist Church of Ghana, a supposed 'dnified, guiders of virtues and preachers of love and peace', it has come to our notice the contempt at which the Church has 'arrogantly' disrespected its landlords (Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service) just in the name of trying to coverup a shame and disgrace your persistent oppression has brought unto thy self.
I know many of you reading this letter, in reaction to the Press Release issued under the authority of The Most Reverend Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo responding to the Ghana Education Service's directive to Wesley Girl's SHS (a public school), are still wondering to understand why Methodist Church of Ghana is an 'OPPRESSIVE, ARROGANT AND SHAMELESS THIEF'.
Can a 'HUMBLE' Caretaker or Trustee 'ARROGANTLY' challenge a directive of its landlords and the laws under which you got the so-called school rules?
Did I read 'Mission Schools'? Please, The Most Reverend Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo, kindly help us to understand the legal definition of 'Mission Schools' in the jurisdiction of Ghana's education system.
Do we still have public schools classified as 'Missions Schools' in Ghana. Can ignorance and a deliberate calculated thievery be equated as pardonable?
If some of you, the leaders of various churches and Christian denominations, have deliberately used your smart tricks on Ghanaians to paint a negative picture as though, the churches still own the public schools which were ONLY ENTRUSTED in the care of various religious groupings in the country after the government used taxpayers monies to compensate all privately owned schools, the then 'Mission Schools', making those schools a public or government schools before even the 1992 Constitution of Ghana was promulgated.
I seek for a sincere answer from a sincere supposed child of God, DO THE CHURCHES STILL OWNS THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS WHICH ARE UNDER THEIR CARE?
If you do not own something and you deliberately claim ownership of it, ARE YOU NOT A THIEF?
If someone who preaches LOVE AND UNITY in the Church room, but in their supposed schools turn to OPPRESS AND DISREGARD other human beings, neighbors and citizens against their religious commandments, are you not SHAMELESS PRETENDER?
Now, how does a Muslim fasting in accordance to her Creators commandments affects you in person, The Most Reverend Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo? Does it reduce your title or does it demolition the school building?
What are rules? Who makes the rules? Are the rules of institutions powerful than the rules of the Creator and the Constitution of a country? Are rules sacrosanct and perpetual?
Can rules be amended to ensure HARMONY AND UNITY among fellow human beings?
So, who are those preaching that, DISRESPECT AGAINST AUTHORITY AND LEADERSHIP is a sin?
Disrespecting and challenging the authority and directives of the owners of a school giving to you to keep in 'TRUST' can then be classified as what action?
The Most Reverend Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo, will you consider resigning your position for allowing your EGO and Misguidance to bring shame to the entire Methodist Church of Ghana and as well disrespecting the entire citizens of Ghana who pay taxes which were used to develop the school to the level it is now?
If all Ghanaians decide to claim a pesewa of their taxes used to develop the Wesley Girl's SHS and all other Methodist schools in Ghana, can you pay those monies within a day?
The Most Reverend Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo, please and with due respect, Ghanaians demand an apology and retraction of your Press Release dated 4th May, 2021 and signed by The Rt Rev Michael Bossman.
Again, in unwarranted press release, you used a phrase "...renowned Muslim ladies…"
Do you know who is a Muslim?
'Renowned Muslims' (those who submit to total will of Allah, the Creator) believes in RESPECT FOR ALL, ACCOMMODATIVE AND KNOWS THAT THERE IS NO COMPULSION AND OPPRESSION in practice of Islam.
Thank you for your time and anticipated humble apology and retraction.
Yours Fellow Citizens
Adnan Adams Mohammed,
Executive Director, MUYAD Social Services