Law and order is the only tool that has kept the society in line with its civilization. Without it, humanity will live like animals in the jungle where the ideology of ‘only the strongest survives’ rules.
Since we cannot be likened to wild animals, constitutional provisions have being made to safeguard our existence. These laws have always guided our way of life because as soon as they are breached corresponding punishments are enforced.
Possessing marijuana is against the laws of Ghana and not to talk of possession and/or use. But, surprisingly, over some few days ago Rev. Obofour was seen in a video ordering a man in his mid 40s to smoke cannabis in the church.
Reports reaching us indicates that the police have invited the popular man of God for questioning. But do we trust the police to treat this matter with utmost seriousness? The police have in the past dealt less brutally or leniently with prominent politicians, pastors and other affluent individuals in the society. We can recall some incidences such as when Angel Obinim walked to a popular studio in Kumasi and assaulted the host of a program with a crowbar. He was just invited to the police station and let off the hook after few hours.
The citizenry have always decried how less privileged people have gotten long sentences for very minimal offences such as stealing fowl, cassava and phones whilst the big men do worst and walk free.
The police service will be seen as a litmus paper placed in an acid or base in Rev. Obofour’s case; we will see whether they are professionals enough or just ‘puppets’ who are ordered around by the ‘puppet masters’.
Posterity will provide a valid response to this question.
BY: C. A. Asante
Ghana – W/A