"Everybody will suffer the consequences of this madness," Kwesi Pratt Jnr. has expressed anger over the ongoing controversial debate regarding the management of Wesley Girls' refusal of a Muslim student to fast in the school.
Wesley Girls' School explained they took such action in accordance with the school rules.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, speaking at a virtual national Eid-Ul-Fitr celebration in Accra on Thursday, 13th May 2021, touched on the issue.
He called on Ghanaians to ensure religious tolerance.
He said; “Throughout the years, the schools have, by and large, managed to find a reasonable, balanced atmosphere to enable our young people to flourish, and this has served us well”.
“The schools have evolved and adopted their practices to suit the times, and I would urge that we do not turn them into the places to fight ideological and religious battles.
“Our young people deserve a peaceful atmosphere to be able to deal with the many challenges of studying and acquiring knowledge”, he further stated, adding “parents, certainly, must have a keen interest in the schools into whose care they entrust their children''.
The President appealed to all Ghanaians to "keep to the tolerance that has served us so well in matters of religion".
"I am happy to state that in the specific case of the incident at one of our greatest schools, Wesley Girls’ High School, which has given rise to the recent discourse on religion, the authorities that is the Ministry of Education, leaders of the Christian and Muslim communities and the leadership of the school, are engaged in solemn discussions about the way forward, and I am very hopeful that a satisfactory solution will be found for one and all," he added.
Wading into discussions over the issue during Peace FM's ''Kokrokoo'' on Friday, Kwesi Pratt wondered why there should be any religious conflicts in the country stressing a person's worship should be his or her private affair.
To him, whether one will fast or not should be none of anybody's business, hence shouldn't become a problem to the nation.
"If you think what you're doing is what will send you to Heaven, do it and go to Heaven and leave us who are not doing it to go Hell," he fumed.
He called for an end to the religious tolerance asking, "what wrong have we committed to deserve this? You're a Christian, so what? Haven't we seen many Christians who are thieves in this country? Haven't we seen many Muslims who are thieves in this country? Haven't we seen many traditionalists or religious people who are thieves in this country? Are there no criminals who are Christians? You're all criminals. You all do what is wrong. We know what's going on in this country; why are you disturbing our ears like this?"
He further pleaded,"the State must take the lead and the State must be neutral, absolutely neutral, in religious affairs. That is only way forward."
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