- The Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II has issued a one-month ultimatum to families within the Akyem-Abuakwa state to retrieve bodies of their dead relatives from morgues
- According to him, it would help free up space in the various mortuaries within the Akyem-Abuakwa State
- His directive comes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic
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The Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II has issued a one-month ultimatum to families within the Akyem-Abuakwa state to retrieve bodies of relatives.
According to him in a post cited on Joy FM's Facebook page, he said it would help free up space in the various mortuaries within the Akyem-Abuakwa State.
His directive comes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the president's directive to avoid social gatherings at all cost.
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If these families are really going to retrieve their bodies within the stipulated one month given them, then they would have to hold a private ceremony with a minimum of 25 people present.
Knowing how well the dead are revered and celebrated in Ghana, this might come as a big problem to families, as they would not be able to hold very huge funerals with a lot of people present.
In view of this, some Ghanaians have shared their thoughts on the directive from the Okyenhene.
Ron said he does not have the power to issue such a directive but rather just to plead with them.
Elizabeth agreed with him saying, it was about time we stopped worshipping the dead.
Jonas quizzed since when morgues fell under the control of traditional chiefs.
Paddy believes that if were the Asantehene a lot of people would support the directive.
Kojo said he is not the law but a simple traditional leader
Obiri also threw his support behind the Okyehene
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In other news, in a bid to seek the face of God in the fight against the deadly coronavirus, church leaders across the country have declared a 3-day national prayer and fasting programme.
In a Twitter post sited by YEN.com.gh, the programme is earmarked to start from Friday, April 24 and end on Sunday, April 26, 2020.
It is themed ‘Oh God, heal Our Land’.
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