Blak Tiger, a Ghanaian based in Canada has asked self-styled rich men and church leaders to join forces with government and health workers to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Speaking in an interview with Samuel Huntor, host of ‘Pampaso’, a flagship on Radiogold live on Facebook, the Convener of Good Governance Advocates, said the church and the people parading on the streets of Ghana claiming themselves rich should not act ignorant of the global pandemic.
He said, this is the time they must demonstrate their patriotism and depth of their wealth because the challenge of coronavirus is now a global pandemic and many countries across the world have recorded cases of the virus.
According to him, the church and the self-acclaimed rich men can help to raise the $100 million the Country is seeking from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to tackle the pandemic.
For him, Ghana can raise that amount without going to the IMF if the church and the rich are going to think about the needy and the nation.
Tiger said: “The church, as a school of faith, which is known for having large gatherings for church services, wedding, burial, prayer meetings, crusades and revival services must endeavour to join forces with government and health workers to stop the spread of this virus.”
He said the role of the church is not just to pray, but to also take concrete steps to ensure the wellbeing of its flocks and the country at large.
He appealed to all pastors and church leaders to read through official guidelines and information about the virus and enlighten their members through their online platforms if any,” he said.
He urged the public to disregard unverified and misleading social media information about the disease.
“Let us make use of information available from the Ministry of Health and other recognized government agencies” he told Huntor.
Tiger said he believes in the efficacy of prayers, stressing however that Christians should make use of the pulpit to say only what is medically correct.
“It will not be proper for a pastor to tell his members to come for prayers and special anointing only, without doing what is needful, such as the washing of hands regularly, keeping required distance to avoid contacts that may lead to being infected by the virus.
In his parting comment, he called on President Akufo-Addo not to allow himself or anyone to play politics with the pandemic.
He implores the government to assemble qualified experts to develop simple messages for transmission and distribution.