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Nana Akuffo Addo and his Administrative Attempt to Subvert the Religious Rights of Rastafarians in Ghana failed

Nana Akuffo-Addo, Bawumia and their Cabinet's Attempt to Subvert the Religious Rights of Rastafarians in Ghana Failed

A youth advocate and stateman Mr Albert Aheto has said, the government’s attempt to subvert the religious right of Rastafarians in Ghana has failed.

Mr Albert indicated that, the Rastafarians’ Legal victory is a victory
for Religious Rights and Freedoms in Ghana and people shouldn’t trivialize it with any misconceptions.

“For the Rastafarian, dreadlocks isn’t just a hairstyle — It is a religion! And so, it was with great shock and horror when in March 2021, Achimota School issued admission letters to two Rastafarians, but on condition that they shave off their dreadlocks in accordance with the school’s academic regulations. It was with even more shock, bewilderment, and disgust when both Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ministry of Education (MoE) failed to intervene after the headmistress of a public school defied GES to let the boys attend school”

Speaking with Mr Albert explained that , Ghana Education Service’ mandate as stated on states: “GES is responsible for the implementation of approved national pre-tertiary educational policies and programs to ensure that all Ghanaian children of school-going age irrespective of tribe, gender, disability, religious and political affiliations are provided with inclusive and equitable quality formal education.”

So why is Nana Addo – Bawumia led administration actively and blatantly engaged in suppressing and violating the religious rights of Rastafarians in Ghana? He asked

Mr Albert indicated that, GES’ actions are at variance with its stated mandate; and Justice Gifty Agyei Addo who presided over the case acknowledged as much in the Court’s ruling a few days ago,that she didn’t think Achimota School and proponents, including GES and the Attorney General, had made a compelling argument as to why the two students should not be admitted, especially given their rights to education as well as their rights to express their religious freedom.

“Make no mistake, this is a historic and momentous victory for any Ghanaian who guards and values their constitutionally mandated religious freedoms”

This case in the view of Albert Aheto an NDC Activist, Juliet Sackey Addison and Members of NDC REJUVENATED HUB, sees it clearly as an attempt to subvert the religious rights and freedoms of those who believe and worship differently but the Accra High Court, even after a vigorous defense by the Attorney General on behalf of Achimota, MoE and GES, rejected the discrimination ploy, and reaffirmed the Constitution, and the religious rights and freedoms of the two Ghanaian Rastafarians.

Mr Albert further stated that, the verdict ws a good day for religious freedoms with a concrete Constitutional backing and not just a mere religious conjuncture.

Story Odoom Lawrence

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