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We are emboldened by the "executive endorsement" to ignore the COVID-19 safety protocols - OPINION

There seems to be a rising fading belief among Ghanaians in the popular saying that. " the law is no respecter of persons" given the way and manner the same law is rather respecting the 1st class citizens in the Ghanaian society.

Let me not get you stuck in a long narrative on the various events that led to the imposition of the COVID-19 preventive restrictions as your knowledge and memory of them remains unfaded. Of course, the dreadful nature of the disease and the catastrophic economic havoc visited upon the globe including the super powers, should be a loud, clear ànd convincing reason for us as a people to appreciate and comply with the safty protocols.

More sadly, is the fact that the poor and the less privileged groups in the country see no hope in our leaders who at least should comfort them with exemplary conduct.

The agencies mandated to enforce the laws competently do so when the 'weaker' ones are the offenders. Now, the Ghana medical Association and other civil service organisation groups have described as reckless and irresponsible, the government's gross disregard for the COVID-19 safety protocols during the funeral rites of the late Mr Kodwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John.

You would recall that a pastor was jailed for breaching the laws. The officials of Christ Embassy Church and some others are still in the grip of the law.

Now, if the President himself, The-not-be-criticised Chief Justice and other top government officials who are supposed to be our role models, by their actions and conducts, are suggesting that it's no longer dangerous to ignore the COVID-19 safety protocols, then some of us "loyal followers" are tempted to see it as an executive endorsement. And if we organise and participate in similar social events, we can't be held culpable. After all, if the Imman or the Pastor is marrying ten wives, then perhaps, it only becomes a"crime" if the the congregant marries more. But certainly, less or same as the Pastor's, cannot and must not be deemed "criminal".

I think people should be free to work harder to liberate themselves from the economic hardship just as our leaders are working harder to celebrate the dead. Goodday.

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