Former General Secretary of the Christian Council, Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, has made some stunning revelations about top clergy members who have come under fire for not having the country’s best interests at heart.
He singled out Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle, the Archbishop of Cape Coast, as one of the people who has fought for the country’s development program at tremendous personal peril.
Dr. Opuni-Frimpong was one among the prominent church leaders that spoke on Joy FM’s Second Christian Forum on Monday, with the theme “Ghana @65, Is the Church Still Relevant?”
According to Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, he became the target of a planned assassination as part of efforts to suppress opposition.
When Rev. Palmer-Buckle was an editor of the Catholic Standard in 1985, he was debating the role of Christianity in shaping the country, and he described how dangerous it was during the Provisional National Defence Council’s military authority (PNDC).
Ghana’s oldest privately owned daily, The Catholic Standard, is also owned by the Catholic Church.
Archbishop Palmer-Buckle was depicted in the newspaper as a fervent opponent of the government.
Despite the military leadership’s harshness under Jerry John Rawlings, he exploited his gatekeeping position to expose the administration’s flaws.
“During the revolution, the PNDC under Rawlings sent certain persons to kill Palmer-Buckle,” he revealed.
He went on to say, “Unfortunately, they found someone else who looked like him and killed him.”
“It’s a good thing Palmer-Buckle had a good heart,” says the narrator. He was still there when Rawlings died, loving and praying for him, yet he [Rawlings] had endangered his life before.”
Incidents like these, he claims, set the tone for future generations of religious leaders to consolidate their role in nation-building in the face of adversity.
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