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General News of Tuesday, 28 August 2018


Plaintiff in National Cathedral suit vows to fight ‘subtle attempt to make Ghana religious’

A private citizen, James Bomfeh, who is in court challenging the constitutionality of state involvement in the organisation of Hajj and the planned construction of a National Cathedral, says he remains relentless to fight efforts to make Ghana a religious state.

Mr Bomfeh, a member of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), said the framers of the Constitution strived at fairness for every individual’s religious belief when they stated that the state must leave religious matters to the individual.

“What we are seeking to do, and what we have been doing over the years with regards to the Hajj Board and presently the attempt to put up a National Cathedral in the name of the state, initiated by the state, facilitated by the state to the extent that the National Cathedral has a Board of Trustees whose is accommodated in the Office of the President, I think that it is not proper.

“It is a subtle attempt to make Ghana a particular religious state which our constitution frowns on. I say to that extent I am a Christian but I disagree,” he said.

He is advocating a constitutional process to make Ghana a religious state, should that be the desire of Ghanaians.

“My problem is that already, there are many issues to deal with in respect of our constitution. Problematic as it may be, the things that are in it must be respected until we have changed them.

“If somebody is of the view that they want to make Ghana a religious state, a Christian nation, like some nations are, let us go through the motions. Amend the Constitution as we presently have it,” he said.

Mr Bomfeh hauled the state to the Supreme Court following preparations for the erection of the National Cathedral.

The cathedral will be an interdenominational Christian cathedral scheduled to be built in Accra, the nation's capital, as part of Ghana's 60th-anniversary celebrations.

The design for the cathedral was unveiled by the President Nana Akufo-Addo in March 2018.

Government's decision to demolish buildings including residences of judges to make way for the construction of a national cathedral has been criticised as inappropriate.