Okudzeto Ablakwa Lashes Out At The Military For Banning Traditional Drumming At Rawlings’ Funeral

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The member of parliament for North Tongu has descended on the military’s decision to halt traditional drumming at the final burial rites of the late Jerry John Rawlings funeral at the independence square on Wednesday afternoon.

The burial was entirely a church service with the head of religious affairs of the Ghana armed forces, Rev. Osabutey serving as the Liturgist issued a stern warning to traditional groups who were also present to stop drumming and singing or else will be left with no option than to instruct the military police to take action.

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“Those playing the traditional drums, this is the church. If you don’t stop, I will call the military police on you” – he noted.

However, the former deputy minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has taken to Facebook to register his displeasure over the manner in which the military handled the whole situation.

According to him, the outburst of Rev. Osabutey was totally needless and shouldn’t have spite the traditional drumming because there’s nothing demonic about traditional drumming in church.

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“The priest’s outburst is terribly unfortunate. There is absolutely nothing demonic about traditional drumming in church” he fumed

He added that there is no proof that playing trumpets and saxophones draws one closer to God.

“It is indeed tragic that some of our churches have refused to be decolonized. What makes our fontomfrom unwelcome in church but Belgium’s saxophone will supposedly draw us closer to Heaven?” he added

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I do not intend to mar the solemnity of President Rawlings’ funeral service, however, certain fallacies and maladies must be boldly confronted.

It is indeed tragic that some of our churches have refused to be decolonized. What makes our fontomfrom unwelcome in church but Belgium’s saxophone will supposedly draw us closer to Heaven?

The priest’s outburst is terribly unfortunate. There is absolutely nothing demonic about traditional drumming in church. The venerable Archbishop Peter Sarpong has globally celebrated theological works vindicating this position. It is indeed tragic that some of our churches have refused to be decolonized. What makes our fontomfrom unwelcome in church but Belgium’s saxophone will supposedly draw us closer to Heaven?

Secondly, threatening civilians with the military merely because they are engaged in traditional drumming is most offensive to the memory of the outstanding soldier lying in state. This is exactly the kind of misuse and desecration of the revered Ghana Armed Forces Flt. Lft. J.J. Rawlings risked his life to challenge.

Let us continue to pray for divine emancipation, total liberation and sincere kindness towards one another irrespective of artificial barriers or class identities.


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