A prominent member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and cousin to president Akufo Addo, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko has said that closing down churches as one of the ways of curbing the spread of covid-19 is not the best way to go.
Gabby’s comment came after arguments relating to the exclusion of churches and mosques from the ban on social gathering ensured following the last night address by his uncle, the president of the Republic.
Many Ghanaians, including a renowned social commentator, Mr. Franklin Cudjoe believe that churches and mosques should have also been banned by the president just as weddings and funerals have been banned.
However, for Gabby who is nicknamed the ‘De Facto Prime Minister’ of Ghana; religious centers in the country serve as places where victims and persons suffering from psychological stress as a result of the pandemic get some consolations and therefore shutting them down will worsen their situations.
He noted that the grave impact of the virus in our societies and the psychological stress it comes with should be something no one should should think of ever downplaying.
“The toll of Covid-19 and its psychological stress should not be downplayed. Churches and other places of worship offer to many, many people a therapeutic haven. You shut them down, you worsen the toll on society,” Gabby wrote in a social media post sighted GhanaVanguard.com.