‘Calls for my arrest out of ignorance’ — 63-year-old Ga priest clarifies marriage to 12-year-old

Headlines Calls for my arrest out of ignorance — 63-year-old Ga priest clarifies marriage to 12-year-old
APR 1, 2024 LISTEN

There has been a lot of buzz on social media and in the traditional media lately about the marriage of a 63-year-old Nungua Gborbu Wulomo, Nuumo Borketey Laweh Tsuru XXXIII, to a 12-year-old girl.

People are expressing concern and outrage about the situation.

Many have called for the arrest of the fetish priest and everyone connected to the decision, noting the country’s laws is against marrying a minor.

Notable among the critics is
the Chief of Sempe and Mankralo of the Ga State, Nii Adotey Otintor II, who has condemned the marriage.

Speaking to Accra-based JoyNews, the traditional leader called on the youth of the area to resist this development as it will dent the reputation of the townsfolk.

The Chieftaincy Ministry also said it is looking into the circumstances surrounding the contentious customary marriage.

However, the temple Gborbu Wulomo in Nungua is defending itself against requests to arrest its 63-year-old priest for marrying a juvenile.

According to the Gborbu Wulomo temple, Naa Yomo Ayemuade has been assigned to attend to one of the Ga-Adangbe group's 99 deities, necessitating her virginity.

This condition prompted the decision to hold the marriage ceremony publicly in order to preserve her purity and protect her from sexual abuse by men.

Nii Bortey Kofi Frankwa II, the temple's spokesperson, revealed that Gborbu Wulomo chose 12-year-old Naa Yomo Ayemuade as part of a spiritual practice that began six years ago.

She is supposed to play a function in the shrine that is typically reserved only for virgins.

According to him, many who have objected to the development do not understand the Ga-Dangbe tradition's teachings.

"When somebody makes such a call it comes from a point of ignorance. Because first, you need to come closer and ask so that you will appreciate what it is but not take hook line, and sinker what is being said," he said at a press conference.

"Because it goes beyond what is being preached out there. It is deeper than what is being preached. It is deeper for our spirituality,” he added.

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