When The State Employs Sorcerers

Imagine the state machinery engaging sorcerers and clairvoyants to foretell the country�s political future. In this case however, the real intention is to tailor-make the prophecy to enhance the chances of our embattled President at the Sunyani Congress of his party. Thankfully, we read through the concealed objectives of the organizers and are therefore better informed. It is a psychological operation or psy-op, as it is known in the deception industry of political propaganda. The poorly-attended gathering of the sorcerers reminded some cynics about the planned assembly of witches in the country a few years ago, except that this one has state backing. The recent gathering of so-called prophets was just another chapter in how the Presidency has been turned into one big prayer camp in a secular state. Not that we are anti-Christ but in a multi-religious country, such an intercourse, with the state providing funding in the dark, is bound to raise integrity questions. Had the gathering been hinged on a genuine prayer to God the Creator, to intercede in our national affairs, all Ghanaians, believers in God as they are, would have joined the religious exercise with all their hearts as they always do in such missions. The voice recordings which preceded the poorly-patronized exercise showed just how a deputy minister representing the state was committed to a phony prayer initiated to shore up the �Vote Mills� campaign in Sunyani. We are dismayed at this growing necromantic tendency in the President which hit the public domain during his flirtations with a certain Prophet outside Ghana. If only so-called religiousness could be treated as a private affair, away from the public office he holds, it would have saved us all the embarrassments which underpin such activities whenever they are deliberately put into the public domain. Chanting during office hours with frankincense in the air could change the Castle into a prayer camp which President Mills would have relished anyway. We abhor the engagement of salvation peddlers by the state to ostensibly prophesy for the country, using money from our common coffers. This is most unfair and morally smelly indeed. President Mills could not have given a better credence to Karl Marx�s maxim that �religion is opium of the people� in this mischievous manipulation of their sorry situation. He has sought abortively and incessantly to impress upon the minds of Ghanaians about his so-called religiousness as though all others are heathens. Black rings and the assembling of soothsayers do not make one religious. Such overt display of religiousness in the face of open mismanagement of state resources, is political weirdness and fraud inordinately stretched. Allowing the dream of the President to become our nightmare as a country in this fashion should not be allowed by any means.