A LETTER TO APOSTLE RAYMOND ACQUAH OF PEREZ CHAPEL INTERNATIONAL OVER ALLEGED FALSE CLAIMS AGAINST BISHOP DR CHARLES AGYINASARE
When I learnt of a response from your outfit to the commentaries on the rather politically-laden sermon by Bishop Dr. Charles Agyinasare, I was anxious to plough through its contents, hoping that it would quell the negative impressions his preachings lately have left on our minds.
Your letter rather left some of us apoplectic as it addressed the infinitesimal aspect of the concerns we have raised. Instead of responding to the gamut of issues we have raised in our disagreements with the revered man of God, your preoccupation was on the unimportant assertion that Bishop Dr. Charles Agyinasare took loans from FirsTrust Savings and Loans Company and GN Bank.
With the greatest of respect, you chose to major in the minors. In fact, you were trying to make a mountain out of a molehill with that angle. Sir, if the respected Bishop even took loans from the two entities, how does that concern us? We don’t see why that should be a huge issue demanding a rejoinder and irascibly describing people who do not see eye to eye with the man of God as attack dogs.
Simply put, you misfired. You ignored the salient ingredients we were looking for in your response. I would be kind enough to outline some of them to you.
Bishop Agyinasare subtly accused the Akufo-Addo administration of deliberately collapsing UniBank of Kwabena Duffour and others. He said it was for envious and political reasons. That’s a position of ignorance on the part of the good Bishop. He further averred that Duffour’s UniBank ought to have been spared because he was a good finance minister.
The Bank of Ghana found UniBank and its siblings to be highly insolvent. They were irredeemable, and the only option left, if depositors were going to have their investments intact, was for those banks to be consolidated. The interests of the millions of innocent Ghanaians overrode those of a few individuals.
How the man of God chose to stand with the few greedy owners of the defunct banks to the detriment of the millions of poor, vulnerable depositors is something that we find to be ungodly, in all sincerity.
A little education on the subject would help the man of God. In 2015, the banking and financial sector was in the doldrums. It had been left to rot. A sector in a coma was bequeathed to His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. UniBank, Beige Bank, Royal Bank, Construction Bank, Sovereign Bank had to be consolidated to save depositors from losing their investments.
UT Bank and Capital Bank had to be bought by GCB lest a great number of people would have lost their funds. These were more than worrying signals and pragmatic steps had to be adopted to salvage the situation. Bishop Agyinasare, surprisingly, appears to be in the dark over these matters.
We expected him to chide owners of those defunct banks and call for speedy recoveries of funds dishonestly acquired by these beleaguered owners of those entities. He was also expected to urge the Attorney General to expedite actions on prosecuting those found to be complicit in the collapse of the sector.
These, in essence, were the focus we expected Bishop Agyinasare to address and not to engage in those rather emotive and uninformed subjects which have courted controversy and scorn. Your letter was empty in terms of substance. Come again with a better one.
P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.