Threatening civilians with military because they are engaged in traditional drumming is offensive – Okudzeto

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu constituency, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has frowned on the decision of the Pastor who threatened to call military on civilians who were engaged in traditional drumming during the State Burial of late former President Jerry John Rawlings.

According to him, he sees nothing demonic about traditional drumming in church and it is tragic that some churches have refused to be decolonized.

 

The late former President of Ghana Jerry John Rawlings’s final funeral rite was held at the Black Star Square in the country’s capital of Accra and during the burial service, the Pastor who was leading the service threatened civilians with the military for engaging in traditional drumming while the service is ongoing.

To the North Tongu MP, “Threatening civilians with the military merely because they are engaged in traditional drumming is most offensive to the memory of the outstanding soldier lying in state.”

Read his writeup below;

I do not intend to mar the solemnity of President Rawlings’ funeral service, however, certain fallacies and maladies must be boldly confronted.

The priest’s outburst is terribly unfortunate. There is absolutely nothing demonic about traditional drumming in church. The venerable Archbishop Peter Sarpong has globally celebrated theological works vindicating this position. It is indeed tragic that some of our churches have refused to be decolonized. What makes our fontomfrom unwelcome in church but Belgium’s saxophone will supposedly draw us closer to Heaven?

Secondly, threatening civilians with the military merely because they are engaged in traditional drumming is most offensive to the memory of the outstanding soldier lying in state. This is exactly the kind of misuse and desecration of the revered Ghana Armed Forces Flt. Lft. J.J. Rawlings risked his life to challenge.

Let us continue to pray for divine emancipation, total liberation and sincere kindness towards one another irrespective of artificial barriers or class identities.