An advocacy group in Zongo communities, the Zongo Movement for Harmony and Development (ZOMOHD) has hit out at NDC Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George over his religious comments on Metro TV.
Sam George questioned the Islamic faith of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
The NDC MP said Dr. Bawumia is not a true Muslim for maintaining a good relationship with the Christian community and allowing a pastor to pray for him as well as sharing the faith that Jesus Christ shall return.
“You are talking about a man whose character you cannot vouch for. Do you know whether our Vice President is a Muslim or a Christian? Who told you he is a Muslim? He is a Muslim by day and Christian by night”, Sam George opined in his interview.
“He’s not a proper Muslim and I will show you why. When the issue of fasting for girls came up during Ramadan, Dr. Bawumia was silent”, he continued, adding “No true Muslim in the world believes that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. He is not a proper Muslim”.
The lawmaker described Dr. Bawumia as a “prostitute”, stressing “a religious prostitute cannot be our President”.
Sam George has since come under fire from both Christians and Muslims.
In a statement by the Zongo advocacy group, they described Sam George as a dishonorable bigot and a danger to Ghana’s Interfaith harmony”.
“As a Member of Parliament, whose public commentary should promote the unity of the country, especially between the nation’s two religious groups, Sam Geroge, threw decency to the dogs and questioned the faith of Dr. Bawumia as a Muslim, simply because Dr. Bawumia maintains a very good relationship with the Christian community,” the group asserted.
“Other reasons offered by Sam George to justify his baseless and senseless attacks of Dr. Bawumia as not being a Muslim, is that he (Bawumia) allowed a Pastor to pray for him, and also expressed his belief, as a Muim that Jesus Christ would return. What a religious bigot!”
The group added that Sam George’s divisive conduct is a reflection of the way his party, the NDC, thinks and asked him whether he expects Dr. Bawumia to be hostile towards Christians because he is a Muslim.
“In his bigotry, does Sam Geroge expect Dr. Bawumia, as Vice President of a religious-tolerant country like ours, to be an extremist, refuse invitations from Christians, attack Jesus Christ, and ultimately promote religious disharmony among Ghanaians?”
“Maybe this is what Sam George and the NDC want Dr. Bawumia to do. From their previous and present comments, Sam George’s bigotry reflects the NDC’s thinking, of which he is a prominent member.”
Read the full statement below:
OPEN LETTER TO SAM GEORGE, A DISHONORABLE BIGOT AND A DANGER TO GHANA’S INTER-FAITH HARMONY!
By Zongo Movement for Development (ZOMOD)
Dear Sam George,
Our attention has been drawn to comments made on Metro TV by NDC Member of Parliament, Sam George, regarding the faith of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and his promotion of inter-faith harmony in Ghana, which has been acclaimed by many.
As a mark of respect to the august house (Parliament) Sam George belongs, we should have preceded his name with the revered title ‘Honourable.’ However, we are unable to extend such honor to Sam George because of the dishonorable and divisive conduct he displayed on national television.
As a Member of Parliament, whose public commentary should promote the unity of the country, especially between the nation’s two religious groups, Sam Geroge, threw decency to the dogs and questioned the faith of Dr. Bawumia as a Muslim, simply because Dr. Bawumia maintains a very good relationship with the Christian community.
Other reasons offered by Sam George to justify his baseless and senseless attacks on Dr. Bawumia as not being a Muslim, is that he (Bawumia) allowed a Pastor to pray for him, and also expressed his belief, as a Muim that Jesus Christ would return.
What a religious bigot!
In his bigotry, does Sam Geroge expect Dr. Bawumia, as Vice President of a religious-tolerant country like ours, to be an extremist, refuse invitations from Christians, attack Jesus Christ and ultimately promote religious disharmony among Ghanaians.?
Maybe this is what Sam George and the NDC want Dr. Bawumia to do. From their previous and present comments, Sam George’s bigotry reflects the NDC, of which he is a prominent member.
If Dr. Mahamudu Bawunia is noted for his solid relationship with the Christian community, it is perfectly in line with the dictates of Islam, which calls for religious tolerance and respect for diversity!
If Dr. Bawumia stated publicly that Jesus Christ would come back, it is well in order Islamically because that is well established!
If Dr. Bawumia allows Christians to pray for him, that is a great display of religious tolerance, respect,t and common sense by a national leader.
Because Dr. Bawumia allowed pastors to pray for him, Sam George arrogantly arrogated unto himself God’s ultimate judgment powers by declaring Dr. Bawumia not a good Muslim.
In your warped logic, would you also declare the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu as not being a good Muslim because Rev. Father Campbell and other pastors prayed for him inside the Christ the King Church a few years ago?
It is ridiculous that you, a Member of Parliament, who claims to know everything and ought to know basic religious tenets, displayed such ignorance with so much arrogance.
If you did some basic research before speaking, you would have realized the high reverence Muslims accord Jesus Christ and our belief that he would return, which Dr. Bawumia stated! If you had applied a little bit of wisdom before you spoke, you would have realized that Dr. Bawumia, undoubtedly a fine, religiously tolerant leader, is doing the right thing by strengthening, promoting, and inspiring good relationships between Muslims and Christians in Ghana.
We want to urge His Excellency Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, not to be discouraged by bigots like Sam Geroge in his remarkable promotion of religious tolerance in Ghana. As a leader, it is his responsibility and he is doing that here
Muslims and Christians peacefully coexist in Ghana in the Zongos, in families, at workplaces, in schools, and in the markets. Sometimes we offer Christian prayers and sometimes we offer Muslim prayers when we meet for a common goal. This is the beautiful diversity we have in Ghana – one which Dr. Bawumia remarkably upholds, which we urge him to continue.
It is always a privilege for anyone to be selected to speak to the rest of the nation through the media. Persons who are accorded such privileges have a responsibility to be decorous, truthful, honest, and respectful, amongst others, in their utterances, to promote the unity of our country.
The likes of Sam George are notorious loose-talkers, who add no value to intelligent national discourse. On this occasion, he descended deeper into the gutter with his stinking and dishonorable bigotry.
If Sam George’s mission was to create disaffection for Dr. Bawumia in the eyes of both Christians and Muslims, he should know that a fool can never deceive the wise! The election of Dr. Bawumia as flagbearer of the NPP has sent shivers down the spine of the likes of Sam George and the NDC, who are worried by the serious real threat Bawumia poses to them in the North and the Zongos, due to the massive developmental impact he has made as Vice President.
As for what Dr. Mahamudu Bawunia is doing, establishing and maintaining excellent relationships with Christians, right-thinking members of our society, both Muslims and Christians appreciate his progressive means.
It is only NDC fanatics like Sam George, who have no respect for religious harmony, who have issues with it due to their bigotry!
Such bigots are a danger to our beautiful diversity, inter-faith harmony,y, and peaceful co-existence.
MTN Ghana Introduces New Tariffs Effective November 28, 2023
On November 28, 2023, MTN Ghana implemented new tariffs, marking a significant change in the cost structure for their services. This move has captured the attention of consumers, prompting them to evaluate how these adjustments will impact their communication expenses.
The telecommunications industry is dynamic, with companies frequently reassessing their pricing strategies to align with market demands, technological advancements, and regulatory changes. MTN Ghana, as a major player in this sector, regularly updates its tariffs to maintain competitiveness and provide sustainable services.
One of the notable changes in the new tariffs is the adjustments to call rates. Customers can anticipate shifts in the cost per minute for both on-net and off-net calls. This modification is likely to impact the communication habits of subscribers, influencing the choice between making calls within the MTN network or to other networks.
Additionally, data tariffs have seen revisions, reflecting the growing importance of mobile data in our digital age. As individuals increasingly rely on smartphones for various activities, including work, entertainment, and social interactions, understanding the adjustments to data tariffs is crucial. MTN Ghana aims to strike a balance between affordability and quality service, ensuring that users can access the internet without compromising on speed and reliability.
Moreover, the new tariffs might include changes to SMS charges. With the prevalence of instant messaging apps, traditional SMS usage has declined. However, for certain services and communication scenarios, text messages remain relevant. Subscribers should be aware of any modifications in SMS rates to manage their messaging expenses effectively.
It’s essential for MTN Ghana customers to stay informed about these tariff adjustments to make informed decisions based on their communication needs and budget. The company typically communicates such changes through various channels, including SMS notifications, social media updates, and announcements on their official website.
This tariff adjustment by MTN Ghana may be a response to various factors, such as inflation, infrastructure investments, or changes in regulatory requirements. Understanding the reasons behind these adjustments can provide customers with a broader perspective on the evolving telecommunications landscape.
The new tariffs implemented by MTN Ghana on November 28, 2023, underscore the dynamic nature of the telecommunications industry. Customers are encouraged to review the changes, assess their communication patterns, and make informed choices to ensure their mobile usage remains both convenient and cost-effective in this ever-evolving digital age.
The changes in MTN Ghana’s tariffs are expected to influence consumer behavior in several ways. With adjustments to call rates, subscribers may reconsider their communication preferences, opting for on-net calls to leverage more cost-effective options. This shift could potentially strengthen MTN’s network usage as customers seek ways to optimize their spending. Similarly, alterations in data tariffs may prompt users to reevaluate their data consumption habits, potentially leading to increased reliance on Wi-Fi networks or more judicious use of mobile data. Understanding these shifts in consumer behavior is crucial for both MTN Ghana and its subscribers, as it enables the company to tailor its services to meet evolving needs.
The telecommunications industry is highly competitive, with various providers vying for market share. MTN Ghana’s tariff adjustments are likely influenced by the need to remain competitive in this dynamic environment. Analyzing how these changes position MTN in comparison to other players in the market provides valuable insights into the company’s strategic approach. Additionally, consumers may compare the new tariffs with those of competitors, exploring potential benefits or drawbacks that could influence their decision to stay with MTN or consider alternative service providers.
Effective communication and transparency play a pivotal role in managing customer expectations during tariff adjustments. MTN Ghana must ensure that its subscribers are well-informed about the changes, providing clear explanations for the reasons behind the adjustments. Transparent communication fosters trust and helps mitigate any potential backlash from customers who may be resistant to changes in pricing. Additionally, proactive communication can guide users on how to navigate the new tariff structure, empowering them to make informed choices that align with their communication needs and budget constraints.
Telecommunications companies operate within a regulatory framework that can impact their pricing strategies. Changes in tariffs may be influenced by regulatory requirements, and understanding this aspect is essential for both the company and its users. MTN Ghana’s compliance with regulations ensures a stable and legal operating environment. Subscribers should be aware of any regulatory factors that contribute to these tariff adjustments, as this knowledge can provide context for the changes and help users appreciate the broader industry dynamics shaping their mobile communication experiences.
Let’s live harmoniously to safeguard Ghana’s peace – Peace Council on recent clashes
The National Peace Council (NPC) has called on Ghanaians to live harmoniously with each other to safeguard the country’s peace.
It has urged Ghanaians to protect “the peace and security of the country by creating and using avenues of tolerance, cooperation, and coexistence to sustain the country’s identity as an oasis of peace in Africa.”
This follows the unfortunate violent clashes in some parts of the country which have resulted in the deaths of some citizens.
Reports from Kintampo in the Bono East Region, Nkwanta in the Oti Region, and Wenchiki in the Northeast Region indicate that violence has led to the destruction of lives and property in these affected communities.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the NPC reminded Ghanaians “of paragraphs (c), (d) and (i) of
article 41 of the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana which states thus: The exercise and enjoyment of rights and freedoms is inseparable from the performance of duties and obligations, and accordingly, it shall be the duty of every citizen.”
“To foster national unity and live in harmony with others; to respect the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of others, and generally to refrain from doing acts detrimental to the welfare of other persons. To co-operate with lawful agencies in the maintenance of law and order.”
Read the full statement from the NPC here
Defence and National Security Ministers to appear before parliament today over Kintampo clash
The Ministers of Defence and National Security are expected to appear before the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament on Thursday, November 23, to provide a briefing on actions being taken by the government to forestall a clash between the Mo and Wangara tribes in the Kintampo North municipality.
This comes on the back of a summons by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.
According to the Member of Parliament for the area, Joseph Kwame Kumah, tensions were high when the Mo tribe requested to perform rituals within the months of November and December, coinciding with the annual Klubi festival of the Wangara community.
In response to calls for a ceasefire by the MP, the Speaker directed that the government must take immediate steps to ensure peaceful coexistence.
“As the first authorities to come to this house to brief the committee on Defense and Interior, this is an urgent matter that should be handled with dispatch. I think Thursday should be okay for the two ministers and their commanders to appear before the committee early tomorrow morning by 9 am to brief the committee. It is an urgent matter.”
“The National Security Council through their regional office should immediately intervene because the chieftaincy institution is one of the cornerstones of the peace and security of our country, and we hold that institution dearly. We will do everything to prevent that institution from falling into disarray,” he stated.
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