Monday, 17 June

‘Too much pain, suffering in Ghana’ – Duncan-Williams: ‘We should be in a better place’

Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams

There is “too much pain and suffering” in Ghana, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams has said.

“All our doctors and nurses are leaving,” the Founder and Presiding Archbishop of Action Chapel International complained when he met National Democratic Congress flagbearer John Mahama and the Christian Ecumenical Council in Accra on Monday, 20 May 2024.

Regarding the 7 December 2024 polls, the preacher expressed the hope that Ghana would not go the way some other African nations have gone in the past.

“We were not raised in camps like any other country has suffered looking at Sierra Leone, Liberia, and other African countries where instability and lack of proper management and leadership scattered their citizens and so many of them have to find refuge in Ghana”, Archbishop Duncan-Williams said.

He thanked Mr Mahama “for sharing with us your vision”, but noted: “We have a lot of concerns and we are looking for the opportunity where will present certain questions to His Excellency and your party to give us some answers because there are a lot of unanswered questions on our mind as stakeholders looking at the state of our country for the past 67 years, we believe that we should be in a better place than we are today”.

He warned: “May I say this that nobody should think that the Ghanaian is very gentle and doesn't like trouble. It's not true, because I saw what happened in 79 and 81 and they were Ghanaians and some of the violence and murders and unrest in a certain part of this country like what’s going on in Bawku and other places, they are all Ghanaians, and if we don’t manage things well and we have this mentality and thinking that any party can do whatever they want to do and the Ghanaian will accept it, and the Ghanaian will live for it, you might be playing with fire, make no mistake”.

“Because when people are desperate and angry, they don’t care about what happens. And angry and desperate people are very dangerous to manage and deal with, and demons come into town and possess people. Maybe, you will know because when demons enter a person, it doesn’t care about your tribe or your citizenship”, he said.

“So, I think that Mr former President and your party should be very much aware of some of these things. I wouldn’t say much but I have a lot of questions I want to personally ask and I believe that all the members of the clergy have a lot of unanswered questions that we want to put to you, and to find and have some answers, so that we know how to educate our congregation going forward.”